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The Problems with Humidity: Why You Need AC Maintenance

Homeowners are keenly aware of the problems with excessive humidity, because dehumidifiers are quite popular appliances these days. When we think of humidity, we think of being uncomfortable, sweaty, and tired. However, humidity can be a big problem with your health as well, and a well-maintained air conditioner is essential in keeping your home comfortable and healthy. As we often like to tell our community, having no air conditioning in Bluffton, SC can be a major issue.

Humidity can cause a slew of problems if you’re not careful, since many of the issues we usually associate with heat can be associated with humidity as well. What might be a 90-degree day, can quickly feel like a 110-degree day with high humidity, and you’ll soon find yourself having some health problems.

So how can a quality AC maintenance plan help you avoid this? You’ll have to keep reading to find out.

The Real Risks of Humidity

Humidity makes it harder for your sweat to evaporate. Sweating is how we cool ourselves off, so when your sweat sticks to your skin and doesn’t evaporate, it can feel like it’s hotter than it is. You’ll recognize some of these issues from heat warnings, but the following problems can be caused by humidity as well!

  • Dehydration. Humidity might make you feel wet and sticky, but the truth of the matter is that it is still hot and your body is rapidly losing moisture. It’s important to keep hydrated.
  • Fatigue. Just like extreme heat causes fatigue, extreme humidity also makes you sluggish and feel tired. Keeping hydrated can help with this.
  • Heat Stroke. Just like we mentioned earlier, humidity can make it feel much hotter than it is, which can lead to heat stroke if you’re not careful. Stay hydrated and take breaks when you need them.

Property Damage

Humidity is also incredibly detrimental to your home. Beyond a certain amount, humidity can lead to mold growth and the rotting of certain materials in your home if you’re not careful. The EPA states that humidity should ideally be kept below 60% since any humidity beyond that will begin to cause damage to your home and increase the risk of adverse health effects.

The Key to Lower Humidity

Are we writing about this to tell you to buy a brand-new dehumidifier? Not necessarily! As you might already know, your air conditioner functions partially as a dehumidifier. As it cools the air in your home, it draws out excess moisture as well. That means, as long as you’ve got an AC system in good condition, you don’t have to worry about any humidity problems affecting you or your home!

However, keep in mind that a well-functioning air conditioner needs quality maintenance every year to avoid catastrophic problems. A top of the line maintenance plan like ours can help keep you cool and make sure that your AC does not break down on the most humid day of the year.

Allow us to do a quality job at a fair price. Call AAction Air Conditioning & Heating Co. Inc. today!

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