“It’s not the heat…it’s the humidity!” That’s a phrase you’ve likely heard before. And you probably notice a difference in how you feel when the forecast mentions particularly high humidity levels. But when you walk into an air conditioned room, you feel a bit better.
Still, the humidity can have a major effect on your comfort and the wellbeing of your air conditioner. Here’s what you should know.
Your Air Conditioner Dehumidifies
Your air conditioner is, in part, a dehumidifier. A coil inside of your air conditioning system cools down as the refrigerant moving inside of it absorbs heat. Warm, humid air continues to move over the coil, and moisture naturally collects on the coil from the air, as condensation, helping to dehumidify.
The only problem with using a whole-home air conditioner as a dehumidifier is that the cooling process uses so much energy. Sometimes, all you really need is dehumidification, but you end up lowering the thermostat below what you need, making the house cold and costing you.
A Dehumidifier Can Help You Save Energy
Dehumidifiers take moisture out of the air to keep you more comfortable without using a ton of energy. People are most comfortable at humidity levels of about 30-50%. Whole-house dehumidifiers balance out humidity levels at a fraction of the energy use of your AC. The dehumidifier can help to reduce your dependence on the AC, allowing you to turn up the temperature (or turn the system off).
Humidity Means You Need to Take Extra Maintenance Steps
When you live in an area with very high humidity at parts of the summer, you need to take extra care to see that your air conditioner is protected. High levels of humidity may cause the coil to freeze if your air conditioner is not well-maintained. Be sure to change the filter monthly and schedule annual maintenance visits. If you notice a frozen coil, try changing the filter, or call in a specialist if this doesn’t work.
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