Do you hate that hot and sticky feeling that you get in the middle of a hot summer afternoon? When your clothes begin to stick to your skin, you can feel even more uncomfortable than you already did. That feeling can be attributed to humidity, the amount of moisture that the air is holding onto at its given temperature. On the warmest day of the year, humidity has an annoying way of making things feel even hotter. However, you can forget about your humidity woes by allowing your air conditioner to help.
Your hardest-working appliance can pull double-duty as it cools down your house and removes the moisture from the air. Find out more about how it all works in the detailed breakdown below!
Hot air holds more moisture
Have you ever noticed that the humidity bothers you far more in the summertime than it does in the winter? This has a lot to do with what the air can bring with it when it reaches higher temperatures. Warm air often has a lot more moisture mixed in with the air particles, but that isn’t all there is to it. The water that is present in the air has more energy at the high temperatures of summer which makes it less likely to condense and break the heat.
Because the water is less likely to condense, homeowners have to come up with a way to get rid of the water in the air. Otherwise, this water can float around them and make them very uncomfortable for the rest of the season. Your air conditioner can definitely help to force those water molecules back into liquid form.
The AC unit helps to condense water droplets
We already know that water droplets are less likely to condense, but now it’s time to find out what you can do about it. Most air conditioning units work roughly the same way. They draw the warm air out of the house and pass it over the evaporator coils. The coils are extremely cold in comparison to the hot air that is pulled from the home. When the moist air meets the cold coils, it forces it to start moving into condensation.
Now that the water has been removed from the hot air, the freshly-chilled air can return with far less humidity. You can allow your air conditioner to run this way all day to keep a handle on your overall humidity levels.
What if your air conditioner isn’t enough?
Sometimes, your air conditioner won’t be strong enough to pull all of the humidity out of the air. You could always supplement this process with a dehumidifier. This tool’s sole purpose is to remove the humidity from the air.
You can help your home to feel much cooler by running the air conditioner and allowing it to pull the humidity from your home. Give our experienced technicians a call if you encounter any issues with your unit during these hot summer months. Classic Air Conditioning and Heating can help you install a dehumidifier or work out any kinks with your old unit!