Cut AC Costs with a Commercial Dehumidifier

Cut AC Costs with a Commercial Dehumidifier

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Whether you run your own business or manage a facility, you might be surprised to learn you can cut air conditioning expenses with commercial dehumidifier installation. How are they related? Well, in the most basic sense, air conditioners don’t “cool” air like a furnace “warms” air. 

Air conditioners extract heat and moisture from the air, leaving it cooler. When there’s an excess of humidity, which happens a lot in Atlanta, your AC must work overtime. In addition, some commercial facilities produce steam or moisture themselves. 

If you install an office or workplace dehumidifier, you can cut your AC costs and reduce the wear and tear on your HVAC equipment.  

Avoid Air Conditioner Overuse

Indoor air quality affects energy use in the summer. Excess humidity creates a problem for your air conditioner. It forces it to work harder and therefore drives up your air conditioning bills.

Dehumidifiers help remove unwanted moisture that can lead to water or condensation, which may cause mold and mildew to form. You can prevent harmful mold and mildew and improve the health of your employees and customers with the installation of a whole-home dehumidification system. Installing one of our dehumidifiers can provide comfort to employees who are sensitive to humid conditions in the office. In the process, they may even experience an increase in production.

On average, cooling accounts for nine percent of a commercial building’s energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). This cost makes up a large portion of your business’ operating expenses, which show up on your high air conditioning bills.

With a workplace dehumidifier, you can keep these costs in check by cooling your facility more efficiently.

Estes provides expert installation of high-quality commercial dehumidifier systems to treat your whole facility.

Does Air Conditioning Reduce Humidity?

When the air is humid, the body feels warmer. Air saturated with moisture slows the evaporation of sweat on the skin, which is the body’s way of cooling.

Because of this, high humidity levels make it feel hotter. In a humid environment, the natural reaction for many is to turn down the temperature for more cooling. This alone makes your air conditioning bills higher.

As your air conditioner cools, it dehumidifies as a bonus effect of the cooling process. However, air conditioners cannot control humidity levels as commercial dehumidifiers can.

When there is more moisture in the air, the air conditioner works harder to cool the air. This requires more energy, directly impacting your air conditioning bills. This extra work adds more stress to the system and its components. This leaves you open to breakdowns and early system failure.

Another benefit of reducing humidity in a workplace environment is that it decreases the amount of moisture that can eventually lead to mold and mildew. You can also eliminate dust mites, which thrive in high humidity, from the workplace environment with the installation of a dehumidification system.

Quick Review: How a Commercial Dehumidifier Helps

A workplace dehumidifier is a dedicated piece of equipment that extracts moisture from the air inside your facility. A dehumidifier is built to work with your building’s HVAC system, and techs install it within the duct system to treat air as it circulates.

A dedicated drain is installed with whole-facility dehumidification systems to eliminate the need to empty a reservoir. This reduces their maintenance immediately. Set the humidistat to your desired relative humidity level, typically between 40 and 55 percent, and the dehumidifier operates as needed to draw excess moisture from the air as it circulates through the HVAC system. 

While indoor relative humidity recommendations are often between 30 and 50 percent, keep in mind, in Atlanta, achievable relative humidity skews a little higher. If your facility produces moisture, bear this in mind too. Talk to your Estes Commercial professional for the best settings based on your specific facility.

When the air inside your facility is kept at a balanced relative humidity level, the air inside feels cooler and more comfortable. This lowers your air conditioner bills in a few different ways:

  • Cuts unnecessary thermostat adjustments that waste energy.
  • Alleviates the burden on the air conditioner, helping it to perform better and operate more energy-efficiently.

Installing a Commercial Dehumidifier

The HVAC experts at Estes are here to help your business tackle indoor moisture problems and keep air conditioning bills low. Our professionals assess indoor air quality and moisture issues. Then they offer solutions to enhance the performance of your air conditioner and give you increased comfort and lower costs.

Estes Commercial’s NATE-certified technicians perform expert installations on all commercial dehumidifiers, so you receive the performance and benefits you expect.

Need Help Securing Approval for a New Commercial HVAC Product? Use New Tax Benefits and Finance Options

Changes to the tax code offer advantages for business owners to purchase new commercial HVAC systems. As of January 1, 2018, deduct up to $1 million of qualifying capital right away (deductions capped at $2.5 million) – and HVAC upgrades qualify. 

Previously, business owners had to depreciate the cost of new equipment, like HVAC systems over a 39-year period. This new deduction is advantageous for business owners because it lowers tax liability and frees up capital for other goals.

Estes Commercial consultants are happy to estimate qualifying new equipment. Our team also provides the paperwork necessary to file the deduction with your tax professional.

Finally, for your cash flow convenience, Estes Commercial offers finance options for your commercial dehumidifier and other HVAC equipment. Let us know if you need more information. 

Make Preventive Maintenance Easy and Reduce Humidity with Estes Commercial

Improve indoor comfort, keep moisture problems away, and lower your facility’s cooling bills with a commercial dehumidifier from Estes Commercial. 

HVAC breakdowns cost businesses big. A lack of heating and air conditioning easily damages inventory or equipment, drives away customers, decreases productivity and more.  

Make maintenance for your workplace or industrial dehumidifier and HVAC easy! Invest in a customized preventive service agreement. We’ll keep track of your tune up service and inspection needs so you can focus on your job. Our NATE-certified technicians design a commercial HVAC maintenance plan ideal for your facility.

Concerned about excess humidity, indoor air quality, ventilation, or the lifespan of your equipment, call us for a consultation. The Estes team serves businesses, healthcare facilities, daycares, schools and other commercial properties in greater Atlanta, Georgia. 

You’ll find us in Johns Creek, Kennesaw, Virginia Highland, Decatur, Dunwoody, Marietta, Midtown, Fayetteville, Roswell, and Peachtree City. We also serve clients in Sandy Springs, Buckhead, and Druid Hills. 

Contact Estes for Commercial HVAC Service

Contact us today to schedule commercial HVAC repair, service, or a free estimate of new equipment including a commercial dehumidifier.