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How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning

How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning

When there is excess humidity in the air, this can actually make you hotter. When it comes to humidity, it can have an impact on your air conditioning system's effectiveness. Humidity can actually affect all of your HVAC systems, including the heating system. When the humidity in your home is too high or too low, your air conditioning system will have a hard time creating the optimal temperature. Newer HVAC systems include dehumidifiers and humidifiers to help keep your humidity levels set so that your air conditioning system does not have to work harder.

An air conditioning system that has to work harder will cause increased utility bills. Your HVAC system pulls a lot of energy and when the air conditioning system is not pulling the moisture out of the air, it will have to work longer. You may also contribute to the problem by turning the HVAC system to a lower setting, thinking it will cause the air conditioning to work better. Leaving your HVAC thermostat set on a normal setting is imperative to help save on your air conditioning energy use.

How Does Humidity Affect Air Conditioning?

Your air conditioning cools your home by removing the humidity or moisture from the air and removing the heat. When the humidity levels are too high, your HVAC system has to work harder to keep it cooler. Your air conditioning may not have enough cooling capacity to deal with extremely high humidity levels. You may find that your home is not comfortable. In addition to your home not feeling comfortable, your air conditioning system could break down from overuse. This could lead to you needing an HVAC replacement.

High Humidity Signs In Your Home

You may experience the following signs if you have high humidity in your home:

  • Moist feeling air. 
    • When the air is humid, it will make you feel clammy and moist. This is due to your air conditioning system not being able to pull out all of the moisture in the air. Your air conditioning may run frequently or have long running times.
  • Foggy windows. 
    • When the humidity is high, and your air conditioning system is not able to take care of it, you will have foggy windows.
  • Musty odors. 
    • Due to your HVAC system not being able to get rid of the humidity, it can lead to dampness around the home. This dampness can cause mold growth and a musty odor.

How to Treat The HVAC Problem

If you live in an area where high humidity is a constant problem, you will need to have your air conditioning system upgraded. Having your air conditioning system upgraded will help to ensure that the HVAC system functions correctly. There are dehumidifiers that control the humidity in your house. These can be installed on your HVAC system and help to calm the problem with high humidity. In addition to getting a dehumidifier installed on your air conditioning system, you may also want to consider upgrading. If your HVAC system is over ten years old, you should upgrade to a new model with a more efficient air conditioning system. These systems will typically have a dehumidifier already installed in them which will help to ensure that you can cool your home better.

Call Us Today

If you are having issues with your air conditioning system and you would like us to inspect it, please give us a call today. At Robert Bair, we are here to make sure that your home’s humidity levels are where they should be and that your HVAC system is functioning as it should. If you want to upgrade your HVAC system, we offer a broad variety of air conditioning units that will help to make sure that the humidity is out of your air. While HVAC systems can be expensive, you will save a lot of money and have a comfortable house by upgrading your HVAC system.