Air On Demand Blog: Posts Tagged ‘Humidity’

How Humidity Can Affect the Quality of Air Conditioning

Thursday, April 10th, 2014

In Florida, humidity plays an important role in our comfort, especially during the summer. High levels of moisture make the summer heat feel much warmer because our bodies cool themselves with evaporation, and the more moisture in the air, the more slowly that evaporation happens.

Air conditioning systems remove some moisture from the air through the cooling process. However, humidity can affect a home’s AC when it reaches especially high levels, leading to reduced comfort and the possible need for repairs.

The muggy summer climate means you need to take special care of your air conditioning system to ensure it keeps working throughout the season. When you require air conditioning repair in Miami, FL to protect yourself from damp summer heat, call Air on Demand and speak to our staff of trained repair technicians.

Humidity and Your Air Conditioner

Your air conditioning system will assist with drying the air in your home, but an AC isn’t designed specifically as a dehumidifier. The humidity can climb to levels where it will start to cancel out the cooling you feel from your system. This requires that you keep the AC running longer to combat the humidity, reducing the system’s efficiency. You’ll end up paying more to run the air conditioner while feeling less comfort. This also leads to stress on the unit, and this can trigger repair needs. (Installing a larger AC won’t fix this: the system will not run as long and remove even less moisture from the air.)

If you had your air conditioner professionally installed, you should have the right sized system to balance the humidity in most situations. If your air conditioner continues to have problems combating humidity, take steps to reduce the moisture levels in your home, such as placing fans in kitchens and on ceilings and installing dehumidifiers. Also make sure your air conditioner receives its regular inspection tune-up so it has the highest efficiency level possible.

It’s important to have repairs done on your AC if there is any indication that humidity is causing it damage. The excess condensation along the indoor coil because of high humidity can lead to issues in the condensate pan: any blockage in the drain will cause the pan to overflow and leak water inside your home.

Get Your Air Conditioner Ready for the Summer

There’s nothing you can do to stop Florida’s humid climate, but you can reduce its effect on your AC with regular maintenance and prompt repairs. Along with the other steps to lower indoor humidity, make sure that your air conditioning system works at its best.

Air on Demand is familiar with how humidity affects ACs. When you need a tune-up or air conditioning repair in Miami, FL to help you with a muggy summer, give our specialists a call.

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Humidity and Air Conditioning in Miami, FL

Monday, September 16th, 2013

One of the first things people think of when they hear the name “Florida”—aside from sunny vacation spots—is the humidity. The moisture in our air can be very heavy, especially during the summer, but it’s something we have to live with during the rest of the year as well. Your air conditioner also has to live with it, and humidity presents specific problems that can damage your AC or prevent it from providing you with a constant and energy-efficient level of cooling.

Any of these troubles could leave you with a struggling AC, or no AC at all. Look to Air on Demand and our experienced work on air conditioning in Miami, FL for help if any of these problems appear:

  • Biological pollutants: The growth of bacteria and other irritants is a serious concern in a humid climate. The dark and moist places inside the ducts of your air conditioning are a prime region for unwanted biological pollutants to develop. If the growth isn’t checked, it can lead to reduced air quality and possible damage to the AC’s components. The best way to combat this contamination is with professional installation of UV germicidal lights, which both kill microbacteria and discourage it from returning.
  • Corrosion in the ducts: You’ve probably seen what moisture can do to metal: corrosion and rust. If this occurs inside your ducts, it can lead to breaks. Breaks are responsible for many problems, from poor air quality  to an overworked AC. It’s hard to see the inside of your ducts to know if they are developing these problems, but if hot air with an unusual smell starts to come from your vents, duct breaks may be the culprit. Get a professional in as soon as possible to diagnose what’s wrong.

The best path to protect your air conditioner from the humidity is to have it regularly maintained. Get in touch with our qualified experts at Air on Demand today before the problems start.

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