Excessive humidity inside the home can make the room feel hotter during summers. However, not many people know that high humidity levels in the rooms can also damage the air conditioner.
When the humidity level inside the home is too high, it negatively affects the cooling efficiency. In this blog post, we’ll run through some of the circumstances in which you’ll need to deal with humidity levels in your home.
What impact does high humidity have on an AC system?
Older models of air conditioners do not come with dehumidifiers similar to the ones found in modern air conditioning units.
During a particularly humid summer days, the air conditioner will not optimally cool the rooms. When the indoor humidity levels are high, the air conditioner will strain to maintain the required thermal levels inside the house. It will result in uneven cooling and increase the wear and tear of the system, thereby requiring AC repairs.
Humidity affects the cooling efficiency because it makes the air warm. The air conditioner will work overtime to generate cool air. This will result in increased strain on the cooling device. Also, high humidity levels inside the home can lead to the growth of algae and mold inside the ducts that will greatly reduce the indoor air quality and may result in allergic reactions.
Install a dehumidifier to reduce damage to the AC
In case the humidity level remains high during the summers, it’s important that you install a dehumidifier to protect your air conditioning system.
Some of the common signs that indicate that your home may need a dehumidifier include:
- Foggy windows: Humidity is nothing more than vaporized water. When the air becomes bottled up in your home, the windows will become foggy.
- Moist skin: If your skin feels moist and clammy, it indicates high humidity levels in the home
- Musty odor: High humidity levels results in dampness around the home that result in a musty odor to emanate from the rooms.
Have King install a smaller or more modern air conditioner
High humidity inside the house occurs in case a large air conditioner is installed. In case the cooling device is larger than the cooling requirements of the room, it won’t run for long periods of time. As a result, the air conditioner won’t be able to remove excess moisture from the air.
Consult your King AC technician to find out whether the air conditioner installed in the house is too large. Consider replacing the large cooling unit with a smaller one to effectively resolve the issue.
Schedule regular AC maintenance with King
Lastly, regular maintenance is recommended to ensure that any issue that may arise in the system due to high indoor humidity is addressed immediately. Failing to take action can result in major damage to the system that will require costly repairs.
Call King for more advice about dealing with high humidity levels
To sum up, high humidity levels negatively affect air conditioner performance and increase the need for frequent repairs. You should not ignore the problem as it can lead to costly AC repairs.
Contact King Heating Cooling and Plumbing for professional air conditioner repairs and advice.