5 benefits of using your air conditioner’s dry mode
Why you should use humidity control for your home air con
Think about the following scenarios:
1) It’s hot outside and the air is humid; you sweat and feel even hotter. Or:
2) It’s cold outside and the air is still humid; you shiver and feel even colder.
What would you choose? If your answer is “neither”, then humidity control should be a top priority for you! Here’s how, when and why you should think about using the “dry mode” on your air conditioner.
It’s not about the heat, it’s the humidity
We experience it quite a lot in the Australian climate. While a normal humidity level is good for our health, a high level acts as an “amplifier” and represents one of the causes weather forecasts have introduced the “feels like” section.
The recommended range for indoor environments is between 30% to 50% relative humidity, which means the amount of water vapour the air contains compared to the maximum amount it could hold at any given temperature. Levels any higher than this are unhealthy and inefficient.
What is dehumidification and how does it work?
Also known as “dry mode”, dehumidification is the process of extracting the moisture from the air while significantly cooling it at the same time.
Some ducted and split system air conditioning units feature this latest technology to not only provide efficient cooling and heating for your home, but also to humidify, dehumidify, ventilate or purify the air. What’s more, you can simply activate the dehumidification mode with a single touch of a button on your remote control or smart devices.
Why use the “dry mode” on your air conditioner?
Dry mode or dehumidification offers you and your family many advantages. It not only contributes to a healthier and a more comfortable environment, it can also save you significant money in the long run.
Here are the main benefits of using your air con’s “dry mode” this summer.
1) Air con dry mode means a healthy home and a healthy family
It’s a fact: dehumidification keeps indoor air at its optimum humidity level, which helps you and your family breathe easier. But that’s not all – it also fights against common allergy triggers, such as dust mites, mould and mildew which thrive in an excessively humid environment.
If you or your family suffer from allergies or asthma, we recommend you check out Daikin’s split system air conditioners. It’s the only brand approved to carry the blue butterfly symbol by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program.
2) Your household will be protected
Another downside of living in a high humidity climate is that, over time, excessive moisture can potentially develop mould on your clothing, furniture, bed linen, towels or curtains. It can also cause minor or serious damage – such as rust or corrosion – to your electronic devices or home appliances.
Dehumidification proves to be a very effective tool to protect your property, from the very basic to your most valuable possessions.
3) Dry mode means odour-free air
Besides cleaning the air, dehumidification can eliminate the odours that can accompany mould, damp or mildew in your home. You won’t have to worry about that annoying “musty” smell anymore when having friends over, as the air stays fresh and welcoming.
4) It can lower your energy costs
During the hot summer days, keeping your energy costs at a reasonable level can be a major concern. Since it’s not (all) about the heat but also the humidity, you don’t have to lower the temperature that much but leave the “dry mode” in charge instead.
Because your air conditioner’s compressor runs at a slower pace, it will use less energy, which eventually means less money on the monthly bill.
Experts say that by constantly using dehumidification, you could save as much as half of your power cost, so keep that in mind next time you rush into your thermostat!
5) Dry mode helps improve your home’s overall comfort level
If you feel clammy, sweaty or tired because of the high humidity levels, the “dry mode” will be your friend in need without dramatically lowering the thermostat settings on your air conditioner.
Contact Jaric Electrical for more about air con dry mode
If you need professional advice on how, when and why to use the dehumidification function on your air conditioner, just call Jaric Air Conditioning at 1300 452 742 or contact us online and one of our friendly experts will happily answer your questions.