Anyone that has spent any time in the South knows – Humidity is the enemy.
I have recently taken up walking in an attempt to lose weight. It’s January and I expected to be bundling up. Instead, today it is a balmy 70 degrees – perfect t-shirt weather for a quick one mile walk. Until you walk out the door and the humidity is 100%. I know – I looked it up on WeatherUnderground. I was tempted to cut my walk short just to get back inside to my friendly air conditioner. If humidity is the enemy, then your air conditioner is your friend! Just thinking about that wonderful cooling device waiting for me certainly made it tempting to cut my walk short. The thermostat can be set on 73 degrees, but as long as the air conditioner kicks on every once in a while, it will help control the inside humidity levels. Most people do not think about their air conditioner being a dehumidifier. Some water restoration service providers will advise their customers to use their air conditioner as a dehumidifier if they have had water damage to their home. While we know dehumidification is not the primary function of an air conditioner, it will certainly help control the moisture in your home. I have also noticed that cooking and pet odors are more prevalent when the humidity level is higher in the house and the air conditioner seems to help control these odors as it lowers the humidity. Our air conditioners work for us in more ways than we think about and they are definitely our friend.