“It’s not the heat. It’s the humidity!” It’s a saying you’ve likely heard before. Humidity can have nearly as much of an effect on your comfort as heat in the summertime. That’s because high levels of humidity make a home feel even warmer, but it has nothing to do with the temperature.
More About Humidity
Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air. Typically, this amount is represented as a percentage indicating the relative humidity outside. An ideal humidity level is about 30-50%, as this is where most people feel comfortable. 100% humidity would mean the air holds all of the water vapor it can, while 0% is an absence of moisture in the air.
How Humidity Affects You
Humidity affects you by making you feel warmer than the temperature actually is. It’s actually because your body is having trouble evaporating sweat. Typically, sweat evaporates into the air, but the higher the humidity level, the less it is able.
Inside of your home, high levels of humidity can have another effect. The moisture could slowly damage certain parts of your home. And you might be at risk of developing mold.
Air Conditioners and Humidity
An air conditioning system does help to control humidity, to an extent. Your AC system passes warm, humid air past a very cold evaporator coil. During this process, water vapor condenses on the coil, and the water droplets drip off into a drainage system.
However, using only an air conditioner to eliminate humidity gets costly, and you might end up setting the thermostat lower than you normally would just to get comfortable.
Installing a Dehumidifier
A dehumidifier uses less energy to remove moisture from the air. We always recommend whole-home dehumidifier systems as opposed to small plug-in systems because they simply work more effectively and efficiently. With a portable model, you only get dehumidification in a single area. With a system in your ducts, all of the air in your home is dry and temperate with the help of your HVAC system.
For all your air conditioning needs in Alpharetta, GA, call the experts—Air Conditioning Experts, Inc.