Reduce humidity and increase comfort
Is it hot in your house? Is your air conditioner running at top speed and never shutting off, and somehow you still feel uncomfortable inside? It might be time to consider partnering a dehumidifier with your air conditioner.
It’s hot outside right now, and the truth is, we haven’t even hit the peak of summer yet. In most regions of the U.S., the hottest temps come in August and September – add in the humidity, and we have a long, hot road ahead of us!
Excessive outdoor humidity can creep inside and cause our air conditioner to work harder and produce less comfort, not to mention the impact this hard work can have on our monthly energy bills.
A target indoor humidity level is in the range of 30-50 percent, and anything higher can cause a multitude of problems. This makes a dehumidifier a fantastic solution to work in conjunction with the air conditioner to make indoor living comfortable this summer.
The “How’s” of Humidity’s Impact on the Performance of your Air Conditioner:
- How humidity affects the temperature of our home.
You’ve surely heard the saying, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity!” The truth is the humidity does make it feel much hotter.
For example, if the temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit with zero percent humidity, it feels more like 69 degrees Fahrenheit, while a 75-degree day with 100 percent humidity can feel as hot as 80-85 degrees. Thus, the lower the indoor humidity rate inside your home, the cooler it will feel and the less overworked your AC will be.
- How humidity can cause more than just discomfort in your home.
Humidity can make you uncomfortably warm, even when your air conditioner is working overtime. Be advised, its presence also can have a serious impact on your health.
Excessive humidity promotes the growth of mold and mildew which can lead to bacteria spores. These pollutants decrease indoor air quality and aggravate allergy or asthma symptoms.
- How you can tell if you have an indoor humidity problem.
There are visible signs to tip you off to a humidity problem in your home if you are not sure why your air conditioner is working so hard to cool your muggy home.
These signs include doors and windows that stick, peeling wallpaper, foul-smelling or wilted plants, wet spots on the floors, condensation on the windows and a general damp feeling in the air.
- How a dehumidifier works in tandem with an air conditioner to amp up the comfort.
As the dehumidifier works with your AC unit, your home will feel cooler. Remember the example of the 75-degree day with zero percent humidity; the same is true inside your home.
As you reduce the humidity, you feel more comfortable, and your air conditioner does not have to work so hard to get you there!
Next Steps for a Cooler Summer
With the “dog days of summer” are headed our way, it might be time to give your air conditioner a partner. With help, it can get the job of keeping you cool, healthy and comfortable this summer done!
Keith Air specializes in helping Alabama homeowners get through the brutal summers and battle the humidity. Our experienced technicians are standing by to ensure you’re cool this summer.
Contact Keith Air to schedule an appointment today.