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3 Effects of Humidity on HVAC Performance

Splash Omnimedia - Monday, August 28, 2017
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When you think about indoor air quality, you might consider things like allergens, dust, and the general cleanliness of the air you breathe. What you might not know is that it's not just pollutants that can affect your indoor air, it's also humidity. And guess what? Humidity can also affect your HVAC performance. Here are three ways how:

#1: It's Not the Heat, It's the Humidity

When it comes to cooling the air in your home on a hot, humid summer day, it's not just the heat that is a factor in how your air conditioning system is functioning. The humidity levels play a big role in HVAC performance.

First of all, humid air feels warmer, and so you need to cool your home even more to feel cool. Second, humid air is harder to cool than dry air, so it takes longer and requires more energy to get your home to a comfortable temperature.

#2: Too Much Moisture Equals Increased Wear and Tear

When the humidity levels are high, your AC has to work overtime to try to achieve your desired level of cooling. This will show itself on your utility bills, but it will also become an issue with the condition of your air conditioning equipment. All that extra work equates to more wear and tear, causing potential breakdowns and possibly shortening the life of the system itself.

#3: Dehumidify to Improve AC Performance

Your air conditioning system should be removing enough humidity to bring down the levels in your home. This will make the air easy to cool without putting any extra burden on the equipment. If it's not, it might be time to consider adding a dehumidifier to your existing HVAC system.

It is hot in the south! And it's humid. To help reduce the effects of humidity on your HVAC performance, find out what you need to know by contacting the pros at Helms Heating and Air Conditioning. We'll help you to achieve better indoor air quality in your home.