Think about the following scenarios: 1. It’s hot outside and the air is humid; you sweat and feel even hotter. 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 “none”, then humidity control should be a top priority for you! Learn about how, when and why use the “dry mode” on your AC.

 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.

As a matter of fact, 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 the “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 some of the latest technologies related to this topic. They not only provide efficient cooling and heating for your home but can also humidify, dehumidify, ventilate and purify the air! Moreover, 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 AC?

When looking at the big picture, dehumidification features multiple advantages on different aspects of life.

Not only that it contributes to a healthier and a more comfortable environment but it can significantly save you money in the long run.

Here are the main benefits of using the “dry mode” this summer.

1. A healthy home, a healthy family

It’s a fact. Dehumidification keeps indoor air at an optimum humidity level, which helps you and your family breathe easier. But this is 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 any family member suffers from allergies or asthma, we recommend you check out Daikin’s split system air conditioners, which is the only brand approved to carry the blue butterfly symbol by the National Asthma Council Australia’s Sensitive Choice® program.

2. An odour-free air

Besides cleaning the air, dehumidification can eliminate odours that can accompany mould, damp or mildew in your home. Now you don’t have to worry about that annoying “musty” smell anymore when having friends over, as the air stays fresh and welcoming.

3. A protected household

Another downside of living in a high humidity climate is that, over the course of time, excessive moisture can potentially develop mould on your clothing, furniture, bed linen, towels or curtains. In addition, it can produce 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 the most valuable possessions.

4. Lower energy costs

During the hot summer days, one of the main concerns is undoubtedly keeping energy costs at a reasonable level. Since it’s not (all) about the heat but the humidity, you don’t have to lower the temperature that much but leave the “dry mode” in charge instead.

As the compressor runs at a slower pace, less energy is necessary, 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. Improved 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.

]In the end of the day, your comfort and your family comfort is a top priority!

If you need further professional advice on how, when and why to use the dehumidification function on your AC, just call Jaric Air Conditioning at 1300 452 742 and one of our friendly experts will happily answer your questions.

Until next time, stay dry and comfortable!

Your friend and AC expert,

John Ricca

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