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Air Conditioners and Humidity Control

It’s not the heat—it’s the humidity! That’s something you’ve heard time and time again, undoubtedly. High moisture levels (humidity) in the air make us feel warmer because our bodies cannot cool off as easily. You want your air conditioning system to take some humidity out of the air as well as control the heat. And this should happen—as long as your air conditioner is well cared for and properly sized and installed.

How Your Air Conditioner Dehumidifies

Your air conditioner is also a dehumidifier! While additional dehumidifiers can help to remove moisture from the unit without using so much energy, the air conditioner should still be able to get the job done.

Moisture is removed as warm, humid air blows over the inside evaporator coil. This coil gets very cool as refrigerant inside of it evaporates and absorbs heat from the air. The cold coil collects condensation on the outside of it from the humid air blowing past, and the moisture drips into a drainage system.

How Initial Installation Affects Dehumidification

However, an air conditioner that is not installed properly may have a lot of trouble properly dehumidifying a home. A system must be carefully sized before installation. If it’s too small, it will have a lot of trouble ever cooling and dehumidifying the space in your home, which is larger than what it was designed for.

But that doesn’t mean that a bigger system is better. If an air conditioner is too large, it may short cycle—run in brief cycles but more frequently. These short cycles are often too quick to sufficiently dehumidify, even if the temperature is lowered. And besides, short cycling wears down an AC system.

Caring for Your AC

When you take care of your air conditioning system, you can help to prevent issues that may keep it from dehumidifying properly. Changing the filter each month is important because, if it’s clogged, the dirty filter can block air from flowing into the system. Routine maintenance from a professional HVAC company each year helps improve performance and efficiency as well.

Call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. for air conditioning installation and service in Nichols. Get great service at an excellent value.

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