How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning

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How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning

How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning

Air conditioning works by lowering humidity and "conditioning" inside air to make it feel cooler. As for humidity itself, it's a measure of the level of water vapor in the air at any given time – and it's what makes a hot day actually feel "hot." What most people aren't aware of, however, is how humidity can affect air conditioning. Fortunately, many of today's top-performing HVAC systems include humidifiers and dehumidifiers to help control indoor humidity levels. Here's what you need to know about humidity and how it impacts your air conditioning and HVAC system.

Making Your Air Conditioning Work Harder

Air conditioning removes heat and moisture from the air in your home. Therefore, if humidity levels are higher, your air conditioning system will have to work harder to get rid of excess heat and moisture. If your HVAC system doesn't have the right cooling capacity for your inside spaces, it won't be able deal with excess humidity levels. With a situation like this, your home may never feel completely comfortable to you and anyone else in your household. Signs of high indoor humidity that may be affecting your air conditioning include:
  • Clammy, moist air
  • Windows that are unusually foggy
  • Am odd musty smell
  • A feeling of clamminess on your skin even when the air conditioning is on

Paying More to Cool Your Home

If your air conditioning system can't cope with the humidity, the excess humidity will essentially cancel out your cooling system's heat and moisture removal efforts. The higher humidity will make your home feel constantly warm. As a result, you may end up turning your air conditioning settings up to make your AC run more often. Doing so can have you paying more to cool your home.

Finding the Right Cooling Capacity

You would assume that a bigger air conditioner would naturally do a better job at controlling humidity, but this isn't the case. Higher capacity air conditioning units don't run as often. Consequently, the longer gaps between cycles can leave you with high humidity. This is why it's important to work with our trusted HVAC pros when selecting a new or replacement air conditioning system to choose a cooling system that's correctly sized.

Coupling Air Conditioning Units with Dehumidifiers

If humidity tends to be higher in your area or home, consider having a dehumidifier installed with your HVAC system. What the dehumidifier does is draw excess moisture from your home's air before it goes through the ducts. Coupling an air conditioning system with a dehumidifier makes it easier to control your home's comfort and humidity levels. You can also be rewarded with a more efficient HVAC system, lower energy bills, and living spaces everybody feels comfortable in – even on hot summer days!

Call Us Today

Another cost-effective way to keep humidity in check is to be diligent about air conditioning repair and maintenance. Cahill Heating and Air Conditioning is the HVAC company to turn to for any air conditioning services you may need. You're also welcome to contact us if it's time to consider a new air conditioning system that's better prepared to manage indoor humidity and comfort. Call our air conditioning pros today to find the right air conditioning unit or HVAC system for your living spaces.