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How Does an Air Conditioner Remove Humidity?

To the untrained eye, air conditioners cool your home by blowing cool air into it; the truth is that air conditioners remove the heat and humidity from your living spaces while blowing cool air into it. ACs are able to remove heat and humidity due to the refrigerant in the system. Refrigerant can absorb and release heat because it easily changes from a liquid to a gas and back again, allowing it to facilitate heat transfer. But humidity is moisture, and it is removed in a slightly different way. A typical sign of air conditioning issues is excess humidity, so if you are feeling cold and clammy inside your home in Hamilton, it’s time to give the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling a call.

Condensation Is the Key

You may have seen the evaporator coil in your air conditioning system, in which case you’ll know that there’s a condensate pan just beneath it. This is because the evaporator coil condenses water vapor in the air. It does this by blowing the warm air from your home over the cool evaporator coil. The cool coil pulls the moisture from the indoor air, removing it and draining it from your home via the condensate array. This happens with every air conditioning cycle.

Why Is Moisture Removal Important for Cooling?

Humidity holds heat, so if there is excess humidity inside your home, you air conditioner has to work harder to remove it. If there is too much humidity, your AC may not be able to fully remove all the moisture, which will make your indoor air feel cool and clammy instead of cool and dry. Additionally, excess humidity can lead to the development of mold and mildew.

If your air conditioner isn’t cooling the way you need it to, call Bartels Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment for AC repair.

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