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In Southwest Florida, the high humidity can make a warm day feel brutally hot, and lead to moisture-related problems inside your home. By installing a whole-house dehumidification system, you can keep the humidity under control and help your air conditioner do its job more effectively. A whole-house dehumidification system offers several distinct benefits.

whole-house dehumidificationImproved Comfort

When the humidity is high, the air seems to stick to the skin, and the moisture in the air prevents sweat from evaporating quickly. This stops your body’s natural cooling process from working effectively, and it is why a humid day feels so much worse than any other day at the same temperature. With a whole-home dehumidification system installed, you can keep your humidity levels much lower, which will allow you to feel more comfortable at the same temperature.

Healthier Air

Dry air is healthy air. A relative humidity of between 30 to 50 percent helps to slow the reproduction and transmission of microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria. It also helps to deter pests such as dust mites, which prefer high humidity. With whole-house dehumidification, you can keep your air at a reasonable humidity level and help to protect your family’s health. For family members with asthma or allergies, dry air can also reduce the severity of some symptoms such as congestion.

Energy Savings

With a whole-house dehumidifier installed, the reduced humidity levels can allow you to keep your thermostat at a higher setting while still feeling comfortable. Not only does this reduce your energy usage and help the environment, but it also allows you to save money on your electricity bill every month. And because much of the dehumidification is performed by the dehumidifier instead of your air conditioner, the air conditioner no longer needs to work as hard. This will help to extend its lifespan and allow it to operate more efficiently.

To learn more about the benefits of using a whole-house dehumidification system, talk to our cooling experts at Conditioned Air today. We serve Southwest Florida, including the Naples, Fort Meyers and Sarasota areas.

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Compared to older thermostats, especially mechanical models, today’s thermostats are extremely advanced and incredibly easy to use. Many manufacturers now offer at least one type of touch screen thermostat, which eliminates older technology like mechanical armatures or physical buttons that operate confusing menus. The touch screen thermostat offers many helpful features that set it apart from less sophisticated models, especially when it comes to saving energy and reducing your utility costs.

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Enhanced Programming Options

Unlike earlier programmable thermostats that were difficult to program, especially if you had a complex schedule, the typical touch screen thermostat is very easy to program, with menus that are simple to use and organized intelligently. This ensures that you will be able to easily optimize the program to maximize your energy savings and reduce your utility costs. By having the thermostat reduce the temperature automatically when you go to sleep or to work in the winter, or raise it during the summer, you can save up to 20 percent off your utility bills. Some of the most advanced models offer automatic programming, which learns your schedule and sets the thermostat to the optimal settings automatically.

WiFi Connection

Most touch screen models offer network access over WiFi, allowing you to control and program the thermostat from a computer, tablet or mobile phone that is connected to the local network, or even from a device that is connected over the internet. This allows you to easily edit the thermostat’s program and settings so that you can save the most money, or, with remote access, adjust the program as necessary to accommodate schedule changes.

Other Features

Thanks to the Internet connection, a touch screen thermostat can display local weather information, and some models can even use it to adjust the temperature automatically. If you are away from home and a problem arises with your HVAC system, a few models can alert you by email, text or phone.

For more information about the features available on the latest touch screen thermostat models, contact our team at Conditioned Air today. We have been serving the Southwest Florida area since 1962.

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Installing an HVAC system that is not properly sized for your home can lead to problems, such as poor heating and cooling performance, excessive energy usage and higher maintenance and repair costs. Sizing HVAC systems properly is essential to their performance and takes far more than a simple “rule of thumb” estimate.

sizing hvac systemsEffects of Improper Sizing

Many systems are oversized to compensate for any leaks in the exterior of the home or any problems in the ductwork, such as leaks, damaged ducts or missing insulation. A system that is oversized will turn on and off frequently, which can lead to the following problems:

  • Hot or cold spots between cycles
  • Excessive wear and tear on the blower motor or compressor when starting and stopping
  • Poor dehumidification during the summer, leading to reduced comfort
  • Poor heating and cooling performance
  • Increased energy usage, since HVAC systems are less efficient when cycled frequently

An undersized system will also have problems with increased part wear because it has to run constantly to keep up with the heating or cooling requirements; and even with it constantly running it will not keep your home as comfortable as a properly-sized system would.

Sizing HVAC Systems Correctly

For an HVAC system to both heat and cool effectively and efficiently, it must be sized properly for your home using a Manual J load calculation. Unlike traditional estimates, which take into account only the square footage of a home, a Manual J load calculation takes many factors specific to your home into account, including:

  • Size of the home
  • Number of rooms
  • Arrangement of the rooms
  • Number of occupants
  • Indoor and outdoor temperatures
  • Quality of the insulation in the home
  • Heat and moisture generated by appliances

This allows the HVAC installer to get a more complete picture of your home’s heating and cooling requirements and to select the correct HVAC components, without over sizing or under sizing them.

For more information about the importance of properly sizing HVAC systems, talk to our team at Conditioned Air. We have served Southwest Florida, including the Naples, Fort Myers and Sarasota areas, since 1962.