How Air Conditioning Removes Humidity
Your air conditioner does a lot more than provide cool air. When operating correctly, your system also ventilates the air, filters it, and works like a dehumidifier, removing humidity.
An air conditioner’s ability to reduce both relative humidity levels as well as the temperature simultaneously, make it the ideal best friend to SW Florida homeowners. However, when things go awry, you can always count on us for AC Service.
Air Conditioner Removes Humidity
Every AC system has an evaporator coil with a condensate pan just beneath it. Refrigerant pumps through the evaporator coils making the temperature of the coils drop below the dew point.
The evaporator coil’s job is to condense water vapor into liquid by blowing the warm air from your home over the cool evaporator coil. The cool coil pulls the moisture from the indoor air, removes it, and drains it outside away from your home.
As a result, your air conditioner removes moisture from the indoor air and the humidity levels fall.
With proper AC Service, including unit sizing and installation, your AC system can provide effective dehumidification in most conditions.
Air Conditioning And Humidity Levels
Although rare in Florida, too little humidity can lead to problems like dry sinuses, nose bleeds, skin irritations, and difficulty breathing.
However, too much humidity can cause the spread of bacteria, dust mites, mold and viruses. If you or your family has asthma and allergies, chances are you’ll be impacted.
In addition, too much humidity makes your home feel hot and muggy, which leads to higher electric bills, and an overall uncomfortable feeling.
Similarly, high levels of humidity can also cause structural damage, and in some cases, warp your home’s furniture, walls, floors, and fixtures.
In both cases, if left alone, you could be facing potential AC Service.
Tips To Remove Humidity
When you control humidity, you can adjust your AC temperature for more efficient operation, helping to reduce your monthly energy bill. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
-Ensure Your System Is Sized Properly.
An air conditioner can only reduce humidity levels while it is operating. If your system is too large, it will short cycle and not operate long enough to effectively reduce your home’s humidity levels.
On the other hand, if your AC system is too small, it may not be powerful enough to keep your house at a comfortable temperature.
To avoid any sizing issues, call us first for advice on any AC Service.
-Get AC Service and Tune-Ups. Servicing your AC regularly keeps dirt and dust from building up on AC components, like the evaporator coil, fins, and filters.
Neglecting regular maintenance causes a steady decline in AC performance, while energy use continues to increase (high electric bills!)
-Change Your Air Filter Regularly.
We recommend changing your air filter every 30 days, depending on usage and the type of filter you have. It is best to contact us for recommendations on any AC Service.
-Use your ceiling fans, kitchen, and bathroom vents. Operate your bathroom fan while you are showering, and for 15 minutes after to pull excess humidity out.
Use the kitchen exhaust fan during and after cooking to help reduce humidity.
Contact Us To Help Remove Humidity
If you are experiencing a humid environment, the best thing to do is call us for AC Service so we can help you determine the source(s) in your home.
After a complete evaluation of your AC unit, we can recommend ways to get you and your family feeling comfortable again. Contact us for AC Service. Financing available.