Will Air Conditioning Remove Home Humidity?

October 15, 2020

If you’ve lived in Boling-lago for long, you know it’s not the heat but the humidity that makes summer days unbearable. Therefore, anything you can do to reduce the humidity in your environment will help to make you much more comfortable. Given that your home’s air conditioner plays an important role in keeping you comfortable, it makes sense that this device should be able to help remove humidity as well. To learn more about what your air conditioner is capable of, we at Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. offer this guide to explain air conditioning and humidity.

Removing More Than Heat

When your air conditioner runs, it circulates refrigerant at varying temperatures and pressures to absorb heat from your home. Once the refrigerant is outside, your outdoor unit compresses the refrigerant so it can release the heat into the atmosphere. To be able to capture heat from your home, the refrigerant has to be lowered in temperature so that it’s lower than the ambient air temperature in your home.

The good news is when the temperature of the refrigerant is lower than the temperature of your home, the temperature of the pipe that the refrigerant is in is also lower than the temperature of your home. This means that any water vapor that’s in the air that passes over this pipe will condense, thus removing humidity from your home’s air. By doing this one basic task, your air conditioner can cool your home in two ways.

Potential Obstacles

Under ideal operating conditions, your air conditioner will remove humidity from your home every time it runs. However, a few obstacles can get in the way that you may need Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. to address.

The most common obstacle to dehumidification is excess dust on the evaporator coil. This is the coil that gets cooled to the point that condensation can occur. Unfortunately, if the coil gets too dirty, the water that condenses on the coil will stick to the dust instead of collecting and falling into the condensate drain.

This greatly reduces the amount of water vapor that the coil can remove, meaning that your air conditioner will still be removing heat but won’t be removing the humidity, leaving you with an uncomfortable home.

Another potential obstacle is a low refrigerant level due to a leak in the refrigerant line. If the required amount of refrigerant isn’t present during the refrigeration cycle, then it won’t be able to get as cold when it travels through your home. This will reduce the ability of your air conditioner to remove both heat and humidity.

Alternate Ways to Remove Humidity

When it’s clean and well-maintained, your air conditioner is a humidity-removing machine. However, since the refrigerant is only circulating when your air conditioner is operating, the opportunities for your air conditioner to remove humidity from your home are fairly limited. Fortunately, if you want to remove humidity from your home when your air conditioner isn’t running, there are a few methods that we at Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. can recommend.

One method is to simply open your home’s windows. Of course, if it’s a humid day, this won’t work. However, if Boling-lago is experiencing a rare day with low humidity, then opening some windows can allow the humidity in your home to escape into the atmosphere.

A more fool-proof way to remove humidity from your home is to invest in a dehumidifier. You can opt to have Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. install a whole-home dehumidifier, or you can choose a standalone dehumidifier that is placed in a single room. In either case, these devices operate on the same principles as an air conditioner, except for the fact that you can run dehumidifiers constantly until you achieve the desired humidity levels.

Insulation Is Key

Another important step in maintaining low humidity levels in your home is to maintain good insulation. By sealing cracks and crevices around your home, you’ll be able to prevent warm, humid air from entering your home, which will leave less humidity for your air conditioner to remove. This ensures that your air conditioner’s operating cycles will be more efficient, resulting in a more comfortable home.

Working Hard to Keep Your Home Comfortable

At Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc., we provide many services that will help keep your home comfortable year-round. Beyond quality air conditioner and furnace services, we can install insulation, provide duct sealing and cleaning, and much more. We don’t take for granted the fact that you have a choice for your home comfort needs, and we have worked hard since our founding to provide great service at a fair price. For more information about maintaining comfortable humidity levels in your home, give us a call at Hunter's Air & Heat, Inc. today.

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