Have you ever wondered why you may need a dehumidifier and not an air conditioner or vice versa? Do you understand why your HVAC technician may insist on you getting a dehumidifier even when you already have an air conditioner installed? Most people hardly know how both of these units work, yet it is crucial, especially if you live in a humid area.
An air conditioner is generally meant to cool the space it is installed. However, all HVAC units not only perform heating and cooling functions but are also meant to help homeowners dehumidify their homes. On the other hand, dehumidifiers solely perform dehumidifying functions. The two are related and connected to the HVAC unit. However, they operate differently. Dehumidifiers remove moisture from the air by decreasing its amounts and drying it out. On the other hand, air conditioners attain the same results by cooling the air to minimize space moisture. Even so, there are different ways that these two compare. Homeowners must understand the difference to make the right choice, especially when faced with an either-or decision. For energy consumptions, dehumidifiers tend to consume less. However, comparisons in terms of amounts will be subjective because it may depend on the type of AC in question. Most dehumidifiers are also portable, which means that they can be used flexibly, which most inbuilt air conditioners cannot. Different variations must be considered every time you consider getting either of the two. It may be necessary to get both depending on the HVAC technician’s assessment and recommendations for the house to be comfortable in some cases.