Your air conditioning system is one of the most important appliances in your home during the summers. It’s easy to think of an AC as the solution to all the times you and your family are feeling the heat, and that includes the extra heat you feel when relative humidity is high (above 60%). But this isn’t exactly the case. Your air conditioning system does affect indoor humidity, but rarely enough that it will make a difference for your comfort.
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Late summer is often when the worst heat strikes. It also is when humidity tends to rise and make the heat feel far worse, as well as cause a spectrum of other problems (mold growth, wood warping). If you are experiencing terrible humidity this end of summer, possibly worse than you’ve run into before, there are a few services you can look into to help with the problem. Below we’ll go over some of what may help you with getting humidity down to comfortable levels (approximately 45% relative humidity).
This is an important topic when it comes to air conditioning. Homeowners are often confused about how their ACs affect indoor humidity. People know that high humidity makes hot weather feel much worse, but don’t often know exactly why or what an air conditioner does to alleviate the problem.
The short answer is that an air conditioner can make you feel cooler, but not because it significantly lowers humidity in the air. An air conditioner does have some dehumidification properties, but not enough to make a difference or be considered an actual dehumidifier.
We get a full range of weather in our part of the world, and with such a climate comes different problems. For instance, during the winter, your home may become very dry indoors, especially if you have a forced air heating system; conversely, other people may have more of an issue during the summer with excess humidity. While the problems are different in nature, one thing remains the same: at some point during the year, your indoor humidity levels are not balanced. The good news is, the experts at Bartels Heating & Cooling can help you with the installation or service of a whole home humidifier or dehumidifier, depending on what your needs are.