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The Effects of Humidity on HVAC Performance

Published on June 29th, 2020

Humidity can easily make it feel much warmer than it is; have you ever stepped outside on a hot summer day only to feel like you are fighting inescapable moisture? Not only can humidity impact you while you’re outside, but while you’re inside as well. One part of running your air conditioning in Palatine as effectively as possible is ensuring humidity levels are right. Here is more information about the link between humidity and the effectiveness of your home’s HVAC system.

Signs of High Humidity

If the humidity levels in your home are too high, you’ll likely notice right away! Common signs that humidity levels are too high include excessive moisture in the air, clammy skin, foggy windows, and an overall musty odor that lingers.

Humidity + Your AC

The role of your air conditioning system is to remove heat and moisture from the air that circulates throughout your home. When your home has high humidity levels, your system needs to work significantly harder to achieve the same results, resulting in higher energy bills on a monthly basis.

While, in theory, your AC units should be able to handle some extra humidity, this isn’t always the case. If your system can’t properly handle the humidity, the humidity essentially cancels out the cooling effects that the AC system is producing. Your air conditioner will still be running on high but you won’t be able to feel the effects.

Consider a Dehumidifier

In order to combat humidity while still getting the most bang for your buck, consider having a dehumidifier installed on your AC system to help level things out. This simple step of adding a dehumidifier into the mix can help your air conditioning system do its job properly without the extra work and the extra money. Plus, you and your family will feel refreshed after coming inside on a hot summer day!

If you want to learn more about dehumidifiers and their role in your HVAC system, please reach out to us at Blue Frost Heating & Cooling today!

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