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How Your Air Conditioner Helps to Control the Humidity

Florida’s humidity levels are no joke. High humidity can make people a lot less comfortable in the summertime because sweat cannot evaporate sweat from your body. This makes the air feel a lot warmer than the actual temperature reading on the thermostat. Thankfully, your air conditioner not only takes care of the heat, but also the humidity!

The Indoor Evaporator Coil

The indoor evaporator coil is a part of both the cooling and dehumidifying process. The blower fan sucks in air from your home and blows it over the coil. Refrigerant continuously cycles through this coil and every part of the air conditioning system with each cycle. It turns into a gas at the indoor coil and is able to absorb heat. This effectively cools down the coil. Consequently, any moisture in the air may collect on the coil, in the same way that a cold glass of water will collect condensation on a hot day.

The Condensate Drain

The water should run off from the evaporator coil into a condensate drain pan. The pan is generally tilted so that water easily flows into a hole that leads out to the condensate drain line. With some systems, there may be a condensate pump to help move the water along, if gravity just isn’t good enough.

Dehumidification and AC Repair

Unfortunately, there is a lot that can go wrong with the condensate drain system. If you notice water leaking into your home, you should call an air conditioning repair technician right away and shut off the unit completely. This may be because of a clogged drain line, a broken condensate pump, or even a leak in the tray. Regular maintenance can help to prevent these issues or can help a technician detect them early.

Contact Air On Demand for all of your air conditioning needs in Miami, FL and the surrounding areas.

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