Will Air Conditioning Remove Humidity?
We get asked this question a lot at Custom Comfort Air: Will air conditioning remove humidity? The short answer to that question is, “Yes.” An even better answer is, “Yes, it should, as long as your system is working correctly and sized appropriately for your home.” If there’s one thing that folks in the Rosenberg, TX area always complain about, it’s the humidity! Let’s take a closer look at this topic, so you’ll see what we mean.
How Air Conditioning Zaps Humidity
All air conditioning systems — from a full-blown central air HVAC system to a window unit — are designed to lower humidity. An air conditioner will have an evaporator coil that condenses water vapor (humidity) from the air inside your home. Smaller units will have a pan underneath to collect condensation, while larger systems will have a method for draining the water away from your home or office.
The evaporator coil takes care of the moisture and the refrigerant in the air conditioner transfers the heat out. The result is that while your air conditioning blows cool air into the home, it’s also sucking heat and moisture out of your home.
Why Removing Humidity is Important
Removing humidity from the home is important for several reasons. If you only run a fan and it manages to blow a little bit of cool air your way, you probably won’t be able to cool off. Humans need to sweat to get cool and with too much moisture in the air, we can’t sweat. Another reason is that humidity is bad for your home. If your AC is malfunctioning and just blowing cold air in — but not removing humidity — the air will feel clammy instead of cool and dry. Too much humidity can also lead to mold inside the home.
The Size of Your AC System Matters
An air conditioning system will only keep humidity under control if it is sized correctly for the space you’re trying to cool. If you take a window unit designed to cool a room or an office and stick it in a warehouse, it’s not going to do much. That’s why our Custom Comfort Air technicians will take the size of your home into consideration whenever you have us install a system. We want to make sure that your cooling system is a perfect match for your home, so it will keep the heat and humidity at bay.
AC Repair You Can Trust
If you’re running your air conditioning system and it’s not pulling the humidity out of your home, give us a call today. Your AC system might need a tune-up, or it may be time to consider a system upgrade for your home.