How does humidity impact your HVAC system?

How does humidity impact your HVAC system?

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More often than not, heat and humidity are used interchangeably when describing the hot weather we experience.

However, any homeowner interested in keeping their HVAC (Heating Ventilation and Cooling) system in tip top shape will want to know the difference.

Air conditioning systems help to keep homes comfortable even during the hottest days of the year.  When you switch on your system at the beginning of the summer season, knowing how humidity affects the air is a great way to both keep your interiors comfortable and keep your air conditioning unit running smoothly for years to come.

In this article, we examine the issues caused by changing humidity levels when running air conditioning units. In addition, we look at how you can achieve the perfect temperature to suit your home environment regardless of the season.

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Ideally, an air conditioning unit helps to reduce the temperature in your home and remove excess humidity through condensation.

More often than not, however, is if the unit is not functioning efficiently then your air conditioning unit will be working far harder than it has to.  The excess stress on your machine causes wear and tear to occur faster as well as using more energy.

Some people begin to notice something wrong when their energy levels spike during our hot Louisiana summer months.  Performance may even decrease until the point that you can no longer achieve the desired temperature.

High humidity is often the cause of issues as it forces you’re air conditioner to worker harder in order to keep up.

When it comes to air conditioners, efficiency is far better than size.  Having a larger air conditioner unit will not necessarily provide the temperatures you want and a smaller more efficient unit can typically do the trick if it is well maintained.

One of the most important things you can do when replacing or installing an HVAC system is to properly calibrate the system to the size of your home and purchase accordingly.  Hiring a professional like Kool A/C for the job means paying a small upfront cost and getting it returned to you again and again over years of operation.

Having your humidity levels tested and reviewed by a professional will ensure you are spending as little money as possible.

Source: Home Air Quality Guides

 

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