In North Texas we are no strangers to the effects of humidity. As the summer months progress and humidity saturates the air, we are used to limp hair, excess sweat, and overworked air conditioners. One of an air conditioner’s most important jobs, in addition to keeping us cool, is to remove excess humidity from the air. And by doing so your air conditioner can take a beating as it strains to keep up with rising temperatures and moisture in the air. In today’s blog we present aspects related to the effects of humidity on HVAC performance and what steps you might take to stay comfortable year-round.
You’ll know your air conditioner is working efficiently if you feel comfortable inside your home. When an air conditioner is doing its job it will remove the proper amount of heat and moisture from each room, yielding your desired temperature.
However, if an air conditioner is working too long and hard to pull humidity from the air this overdrive can add excessive wear on the unit and will dramatically increase your monthly utility bills.
Signs your unit is working inefficiently include:
If any of these factors are present in your home your air is holding too much humidity and you need to take action to adjust the moisture levels.
Ideally you would have a plan in place to deal with humidity before the hot, humid months set in. We recommend maintaining an indoor humidity level below 60% during summer months for maximum comfort. The most efficient way to reduce humidity is to have a professional HVAC technician install a dehumidifier directly onto your HVAC unit. Gorman Mechanical offers this service and is happy to help you choose the best product for your home.
An effective dehumidifier will work with your air conditioning system to pull excess water from the air before sending it through the air ducts in your home. If you happen to get a new unit installed, we recommend adding a dehumidifier at the same time so you are able to manage both temperature and humidity levels simultaneously.
You can help your air conditioner suck humidity from the air with even greater productivity by regularly cleaning your outdoor unit or condenser. Large amounts of dirt, dust, and debris can settle onto the coils and fins that lay exposed to the outdoors and add to the premature wear of your system.
To clean your outdoor equipment simply blast the unit with a garden hose and coil cleaner. Removing the dirt and debris will allow the system to work more smoothly, thus lowering utility bills. Also, spraying the condenser coils for allows the unit to absorb more heat and cool your home more efficiently.
For many, the effects of humidity can mean excessive utility bills and repair costs as we get deeper into summer. Although it’s best to be proactive before summer hits, Gorman Mechanical can help you with humidity issues every season. Contact us today for more information on how to stay comfortable, even when the temperatures are at their hottest.
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