Summers in Kansas City are notoriously hot, with temperatures often reaching into the triple digits. And this summer has been no exception. But with all of the rain Kansas City has received recently, the humidity levels have skyrocketed, making the weather even more miserable than usual. While you can’t do much to make the outdoor air more tolerable, you can make your indoor air more comfortable by installing a dehumidifier.
You’re probably all too familiar with that sticky, uncomfortable feeling you get as soon as you step out outside on a high humidity day. But humidity has a number of other negative effects on the human body that you may not be aware of. High levels of humidity can cause feelings of lethargy and low energy, dehydration, swelling, fatigue, muscle cramps, and even heat stroke and fainting. It can also exacerbate allergies and asthma and cause sleep problems and compromise the immune system. The added moisture can allow mold, mildew, and fungus to grow and thrive. Even your home can suffer from the effects of high humidity. Clothing, furniture, wood floors, woodwork, carpeting, and leather items can be ruined by the excessive moisture.
On the most brutal summer days in Kansas City, an air conditioner becomes an absolute necessity. Not only does an air conditioner lower the air temperature, but it also pulls the moisture out of the air. To ensure you stay cool and dry on those suffocating summer days, consider installing a whole house dehumidifier, which works with your air conditioner to maintain an optimal moisture level in your home. A whole house dehumidifier will pull the air from every room of your home through the return ducts and pass it around cooled coils where the moisture is removed before recirculating it back through your home. Not only will it increase the comfort level of your home, but it will also reduce the stress on your air conditioner, allowing it to work more efficiently.
Overland Park Heating and Cooling can help you select the perfect dehumidifier for you home and make sure you stay cool and comfortable this summer.