Does my Air Conditioner Help Control High Humidity?
Summer months in Orange Park, FL are beautiful, but indoor humidity can create a lot of problems for local homeowners. One of the most serious issues is the growth of mold, usually encouraged by too much moisture inside. Another issue is your home decor. Warping and damage can occur with changes in the indoor conditions. Your air conditioner does dehumidify to a degree, but it’s important to recognize its limitations as well.
Using Your Air Conditioner to Moderate Humidity Levels
Your AC system uses refrigerant to cause heat exchange, and this process produces the cooling that you depend on during hot summer months. As heat is absorbed through your indoor coils, the air outside of the coils becomes cold. As it circulates, your home is cooled as well. Moisture condenses on the coils during this process, improving general humidity levels throughout the home.
Moisture moderation through your air conditioner is more pronounced when the system is in heavy use during the hottest part of the season. During less intense weather, the AC isn’t needed as much. This means that moisture control is less efficient. If your comfort is compromised during milder weather because your home feels too sticky, a dehumidifier may be a good investment.
Some locals hate the stale feel inside their homes, installing ventilators to provide fresh air from the outside. Some of these models include moisture control features. This is a great approach to keeping indoor conditions fresher and more comfortable.
Additional Humidity & Moisture Issues to Consider
As you investigate moisture control, it’s also important to think about mold in your HVAC system. Your coils and condensate pan can be breeding grounds for mold and bacteria, and seasonal maintenance is important so that they can be thoroughly cleaned. Your ducts are also prone to problems, and during an HVAC tune-up, a technician will inspect to see if cleaning is needed. We recommend a spring maintenance appointment for your AC unit so that problems can be identified and corrected before the weather gets hot.
Purification Systems and Filters
Your HVAC filter can help remove mold from circulation in your home, but it’s important to choose a high-efficiency model for the best results. Look for MERV ratings of up to 12. Higher ratings indicate more efficient filtration, but don’t exceed 12 for a residential system. An air purifier can provide more efficient filtration if your filter alone isn’t adequate. Trap and kill technology ensures that spores are not only captured but also destroyed.
Have an Air Quality Evaluation
If you aren’t sure about what you need to moderate your home’s air quality and comfort, you can schedule an air quality evaluation with one of the technicians from Merritt Heating & Air Conditioning. We will take samples and have them analyzed to pinpoint specific irritants in your home. We will also provide targeted solutions for moisture, mold and other air quality issues.