It’s Not The Heat, It’s The Humidity

Humidity and MoldDid you know that it wasn’t intense heat that spurred the development of the air conditioner – it was humidity?

So when we say, ‘it’s the humidity that’s getting to me,’ simply making the air colder may not cut it. We need to find ways to reduce moisture inside our home, because it is not just one’s comfort that is a problem. Extreme humidity can lead to health issues, mold growth and other moisture-related problems.

The problem of humidity isn’t always at its worst during hot times of the year, when you run your air conditioner all the time. It is at mild times of the year when the air conditioner runs intermittently that the culprit can show up.

Yes, your air conditioner does dehumidify while it cools – you can see that by the water that drains away. But the dehumidification is usually secondary to the system’s main job of controlling temperature. Most installed systems, unless new and specific, don’t independently control both temperature and humidity.

It is possible to purchase state-of-the-art HVAC systems that can independently control the humidity level or that offer enhanced dehumidification. The experts at Custom Climate Concepts can guide your through available solutions. But there are things that consumers can do to lessen humidity in the home:

  1. Don’t set your thermostat to the “fan on” position. In this position the fan blows air all the time whether your cooling system is running or not. Then, a lot of the moisture your system just took out of the air will be blown back into the house before it can drain away.
  2. Use exhaust fans during moisture-producing activities. Cooking, bathing, washing, and similar activities produce a lot of moisture inside the home. Exhaust that moisture directly outdoors using a fan. Similarly, avoid drying clothes indoors except with a clothes dryer that is exhausted directly outdoors.
  3. Do not open windows or use ventilative cooling when it is too humid outside.
  4. One of the most efficient and reliable ways to manage the moisture in your home is to have a professional install a dehumidifier directly on your HVAC system. The dehumidifier will work with your air conditioning system to pull excess water from the air before it is sent through the air ducts in your home.

One of our knowledgeable HVAC professionals can recommend a compatible dehumidifier for your HVAC system; or if you are having a new system installed, it is a good idea to add a dehumidifier at the same time. With this option, you will be able to manage both temperature and humidity levels in your home at the same time.