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Does My Air Conditioner Help with the Humidity?

You already know that your air conditioner cools you down on a hot day. But what about when the heat isn’t your biggest problem? Humidity levels can make the air feel like it’s hotter than the temperature on the thermostat actually indicates. People tend to describe a “sticky” heat, made a lot worse if you don’t have an air conditioner.

Air Conditioners Do Help with the Humidity

Air conditioning can help to lower humidity levels. A very cold evaporator coil in the inside portion of your AC system collects water vapor from the air as warm, humid air blows over it. Water condenses on the cold coil, and then it drips down below to drainage system. This reduces humidity levels in the air and makes you feel comfortable—and maybe a little too cool.

It’s Not Always the Most Efficient Way to Deal with Humidity

Using your air conditioner to control humidity means you may have to turn the temperature on the thermostat down a couple of degrees. And this is problematic because it means your air conditioner will need to run for longer.

Your AC system should not have to run constantly in order for humidity levels to be okay. This wears down the system and raises your energy bills. And you may even feel a little too chilly—or at least cooler than you need to be.

A Whole-Home Dehumidifier Can Help

If your air conditioner just doesn’t seem to cut it when it comes to controlling humidity levels in the air, you can add a dehumidifier to your HVAC system in order to ease your bills. This uses energy too, of course, but a lot less than your air conditioning system does. You may find that you need your AC system less, or that you can raise the thermostat temperature a bit as you run the dehumidifier.

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