Here in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area, the humidity levels tend to get very high during the summer. Increased moisture in the air can reduce the efficiency of your HVAC system, so it’s important to keep the levels down throughout the warm months.
Air Conditioner Works Harder
The central air conditioner within your home plays a significant role in keeping indoor humidity under control. As air moves through the system, the cooling unit pulls moisture out of the air and keeps it flowing without excess humidity. When moisture levels are high, you’ll notice that your system has to work harder and run more often to keep the humidity under control. The extra work often leads to higher energy bills during the summer months.
Components Wear Out
When your system has to work harder, its components may wear out faster and require more repairs. This can be expensive, especially if you have an older unit that is less efficient. Instead of spending money often to fix your system, you might need to upgrade to a newer and more efficient option.
Signs of Too Much Humidity
If moisture levels at home are too high, you may notice some unpleasant signs. Humidity makes it feel much hotter since the air feels clammy and heavy. Other signs of excess humidity include condensation on the insides of the windows, musty or moldy odors, and moisture that accumulates on your skin.
One way to keep humidity levels under control within your home is to install a dehumidifier. This tool is especially useful during the summer, although you need to be careful not to allow the humidity to get too low. The recommended humidity level is between 30 and 50 percent, so if it drops lower than that, you may notice other unpleasant problems like excessive static electricity, flaky skin, and painfully dry eyes.
If you’re having trouble getting the humidity under control, call us at Carolina Comfort Air at 919-879-2106 for an inspection of your HVAC system.
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