Air Conditioning that works well in the south

I live in the deep south, and heat and humidity is a year round problem.  I’ve spent a small fortune on a central cooling system which runs just about non stop.  The air conditioner is extremely powerful and wonderfully energy efficient. It is equipped with variable-speed capability, which allows the equipment to adjust speed in tiny, one percent increments.  It can operate anywhere between forty and one hundred percent capacity. Because of this, the air conditioner runs for longer cycles at lower speeds, and achieves greater efficiency and dehumidification.  Despite this state-of-the-art cooling system, excess moisture is still a concern. The air conditioner is designed to create a cooling affect, and not specifically to remove moisture. Since high humidity makes the air feel warm and sticky, it encourages lower thermostat settings.  The air conditioner ends up working harder, using more energy and costing more to run, and yet the house isn’t entirely comfortable. Freezing cold temperatures don’t offset an abundance of moisture. There’s the potential for health hazards such as a higher dust mite population, and mold and mildew growth.  Condensation can lead to property damage. In the my local area, it’s necessary to partner the air conditioner with a whole-home dehumidifier. The dehumidifier pays for itself through lower thermostat settings and reduced strain on the air conditioner. It makes very little noise, requires hardly any upkeep, and allows customized settings.  Because the dehumidifier draws excess moisture out of the indoor air, my home is far more comfortable, cleaner and healthier. I sleep better at night and have more energy during the day.

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