High Humidity? Why Your Air Conditioner May Not Be Enough

The amount of water vapor in the air in your home can have just as much of an effect on your comfort as the temperature. Low humidity can dry out your skin and sinuses, while high humidity leaves you hot and uncomfortable and could lead to health issues. Because excess water vapor in the home can lead to mold growth or other moisture issues, we recommend having a system in place to dehumidify the home, especially in the summer. And while an air conditioner can help matters, a whole-house dehumidifier may be a better option.

Air conditioners can help with humidity, but it will cost you

Something many people do not know about air conditioning systems is that they were actually designed mainly to help lower humidity. Conventional air conditioners remove some humidity from the air during the refrigeration process. As warm air from your home blows over the indoor coil, refrigerant absorbs the heat and the coil cools off.

Some moisture may also collect on the coil as condensation, in the same way that a glass of ice water can form moisture droplets outside of it on a hot day. The water then drains outside, effectively ridding the air of some humidity. But to really keep humidity levels low on a hot, humid day, you’d need to run your air conditioner for a large portion of the day. This could raise your bills significantly, especially since humidity makes the air feel warmer than it actually is.

A whole-home dehumidifier can make the difference

A whole-house dehumidifier system can make a huge difference in your home comfort, keeping you and your family members cooler, reducing the strain on your air conditioner, and lowering your bills. In fact, choosing a whole-home model over a portable unit is important if you want to reduce moisture throughout the home, preventing water damage and the possibility of mold growth. You’ll need to contact an HVAC technician to install this system in your ductwork.

If you need help getting your humidity levels under control, contact one of our friendly technicians in the Media, PA area. Call and be part of the Cool It Heating & Air Conditioning family. 24/7 exceptional service!