Residents of the Sunshine State are all too familiar with humidity. It’s that thing that makes you feel sticky and uncomfortable even when the temperature is relatively mild. Fortunately, one function of your home’s cooling system is to remove moisture from the air. In humid tropical climates like Clearwater and Tampa, Florida, however, an air conditioner’s ability to dehumidify the air is put to the test. Find out how too-damp air impacts your AC system and affects your cooling comfort.
The Role of Your AC System
Air conditioning systems use refrigerant to extract heat from the air. Because warm air holds more moisture than cool air, water vapor is removed during the process too. The moisture is collected in a condensate pan and exits your home through a special drain. For efficient dehumidification, it’s important keep your air conditioner in optimal condition with regularly scheduled HVAC maintenance.
It’s All Relative
Relative humidity (RH) compares the amount of moisture that’s actually in the air to the maximum amount it can hold. High RH levels don’t just cause discomfort. Moist air promotes the growth of mold, dust mites and a host of other indoor pollutants too. For a healthy and comfortable home, RH levels between 30 and 50 percent are recommended.
When RH levels are too high for AC systems to combat on their own, whole-house dehumidifiers offer effective solutions. These devices are equipped with refrigerant-filled coils specifically engineered to pull moisture from the air. Available as upgrades to your existing AC system, they can control RH levels in every room of your home. Whole-home dehumidifiers also allow your AC to run more efficiently, so you save on cooling costs throughout the long, hot summer.
Beat the Heat and Humidity
At Advanced Cooling Systems, we’re dedicated to enhancing the health and comfort of your Tampa, Oldsmar, and St. Petersburg, FL home. To learn more, take a look at our indoor air quality solutions or call (727) 213-5888 today!