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Is Humidity Affecting My Air Conditioning System?

Humidity Damage

As the spring and summer months come back around, you’ll notice higher humidity levels. Humidity is a very common problem. Air conditioners can help with this issue and keep your home comfortable.

What is Humidity?

If you’re like most, you know that high humidity outside can make the hot weather unbearable. When it comes to defining humidity, many are at a loss for words. Humidity is the excess moisture that is within the air. As humidity levels increase, the sweat from our bodies is not absorbed into the air. This lack of absorption can leave us feeling clammy and sticky.

Signs of High Indoor Humidity

When relative air moisture levels inside reach above 50%, the air has a high humidity level. An ideal range is between 30 and 50%. When air moisture levels are high indoors, it can leave us feeling uncomfortable. It can also create an ideal environment for unwanted mold and mildew growth. By understanding the signs of high indoor humidity, you can better remove it. The most obvious sign of high indoor humidity levels is feeling clammy and moist. If you have allergies, they can get much worse in humid climates. This is due to mold spores and other developing airborne allergies in the humid air. You may notice foggy windows, visible mold, rotting wood, or even a mildew or musty smell.

How Does High Humidity Affect Your Air Conditioning System?

Your air conditioning system removes moisture from the air as the temperature lowers. When air moisture levels are high, your air conditioner can’t remove all the moisture. This remaining moisture can make your home feel much warmer than it actually is. In turn, you’ll likely turn down your thermostat to combat the hotness that you feel. Your air conditioning system will tend to work much harder to try and keep your home colder than normal.

How to Fix Your High Moisture Problem?

The best way to deal with excess moisture levels in your home is to install a whole-home dehumidifier. This dehumidifier can work to remove excess moisture in the air. The best part is that you can set the relative humidity level to whatever you want. On very humid days, you can rest assured that your dehumidifier will help. It will remove that moisture until it reaches the relative humidity that you desire.

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