How does humidity affect your AC? The Texas summer brings both high temperatures and average humidity rates of over 90%. While you look for ways to stay cool, you may be wondering how the outdoor humidity doesn’t seem to have much of an effect on the air in your home. Your air conditioning unit plays a vital role when it comes to controlling moisture levels and making sure you and your family are comfortable.
Controlling Your Home’s Humidity
Did you know your AC works to not only chill your home’s air, but to reduce the moisture level to around 50-60%? To do this, your unit works extra hard to keep the inside of your house comfortable. Unfortunately, this extra strain can be bad for your air conditioner and decrease its lifespan over time. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help reduce the humidity in your home, so it doesn’t have to work so hard. Reducing the humidity also reduces your risk of pathogens, such as pollen, that live in moist environments.
● Install a fan in your bathroom and kitchen, and use them, along with other fans in your home, to increase ventilation.
● Keep your downspouts and gutters clean and angled to direct water away from your house.
● Take short, cold showers.
● Because houseplants naturally release moisture, be careful not to overwater them, and move them outside during the summer.
● Use a clothesline to dry clothes rather than your electric dryer.
● While cooking, cover your pots and pans with a lid.
Install a Dehumidifier
The biggest and best step you can take to reduce the humidity in your home is to invest in a whole-home dehumidifier, like the Envirowise Indoor Dehumidifier from Trane. A dehumidifier extracts moisture from the air and keeps your home free from mildew and mold and is a good investment to make as it maintains the lifespan of your AC unit.
Contact Our Experienced HVAC Team Today
If you’re looking for a dehumidifier to help reduce the humidity of your home, or if you simply need HVAC maintenance, our team at Air Solutions is here to help. We can assist you with regulating your home’s moisture levels or finding the right comfort system to meet your needs. Contact us today at (409) 962-2476, or visit us at airsolutionstx.com/contact.