Avoid air conditioner overuse
Indoor air quality affects energy use in the summer. Excess humidity creates a problem for your commercial air conditioner, forcing it to work harder and therefore driving up your air conditioning bills. A smart solution to this problem is dehumidifier installation, which will remove the unwanted moisture and help your air conditioner perform optimally.
On average, cooling accounts for 9 percent of a commercial building’s energy use, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This cost makes up a large portion of your business’s operating expenses, showing on those high air conditioning bills you receive throughout the summer.
To keep these costs in check and budgets balanced, businesses need to cool facilities smarter by equipping commercial cooling systems with the needed tools to combat whatever conditions the season brings.
Estes Commercial provides expert installation of high-quality dehumidification systems that will treat your whole facility.
How Does Humidity Affect Air Conditioning?
When humidity in the air is high, 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. When the humidity level inside your building is elevated, the natural reaction for many is to turn down the temperature for more cooling. This alone makes your air conditioning bills higher.
As your commercial air conditioner cools, it also works to dehumidify as a bonus effect of the cooling process. However, air conditioners don’t provide the ability to manage humidity levels.
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 places more stress on the system and its components, having the potential to cause breakdowns and early system failure.
How a Dehumidifier Helps
A dehumidifier is a dedicated piece of equipment that works to extract moisture from the air inside your facility. It is built to work with your building’s HVAC system, and it is installed within the duct system to treat air as it circulates.
Whole-facility dehumidification systems are installed with a dedicated drain, eliminating the need for emptying a reservoir and making them largely maintenance-free. Set the humidistat to your desired relative humidity level, typically between 30 and 50 percent, and the dehumidifier will operate as needed to draw excess moisture from air as it circulates through the HVAC system.
When the air inside your facility is kept at a balanced relative humidity level, the air inside will feel cooler and more comfortable. This works to lower 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 Dehumidifier
The HVAC experts of Estes Commercial are here to help your business tackle indoor moisture problems and keep air conditioning bills low. Our professionals will assess indoor air quality and moisture issues, and offer solutions that will enhance the performance of your air conditioner to give you increased comfort and lower costs.
Estes Commercial’s technicians perform expert installation for all dehumidifiers, so you receive the performance and benefits you expect.
Improve indoor comfort, keep moisture problems at bay, and lower your facility’s cooling bills with a dehumidifier from Estes Commercial. Call us today for expert installation of quality products for your commercial facility.