How Humidity Affects HVAC Performance

Humidity isn’t always pleasant, but it is a necessary evil. While it may not be something that many people consider when looking to maintain their HVAC systems, humidity is an important factor that homeowners need to be aware of, especially in the summer and winter months.

High Humidity

A majority of people associate air conditioning systems with cooling their homes. While this is an accurate association, air conditioning systems do much more than make sure that your home is at a tolerable temperature. In addition to cooling your living space, A/C systems act as dehumidifiers by removing excess moisture (humidity) in the air of your home.

When there is too much humidity, an air conditioning system is put into overdrive and has to work much harder to remove the extra heat and moisture that accumulate in the air. If your A/C system is older, it will have to work harder to reach an acceptable equilibrium; the end result is a home that is hotter than anticipated. Your air conditioning system will also have to operate for a longer period of time in order to produce results, which will increase your utility expenses and will wear the unit down much faster.
Low Humidity

During the colder and drier months of winter, the humidity levels in a home drop. When this happens, the obvious occurs: a home becomes very cold. If a home lacks any humidity, a heating system is going to have to work harder and longer to heat the home. Unfortunately, this often does not produce favorable results. If a home’s humidity levels are too low, looking into supplementing your space with a humidifier is a good plan of attack.

Foggy windows and musty smells in your home point towards too high home humidity levels. Feeling colder than normal, cracking wood, peeling paint, or dry sinuses indicate that low humidity is likely the culprit. These reasons are why making sure that the humidity in your home is at an ideal level is beneficial. With proper maintenance and proper humidity levels, an HVAC system will not have to work harder, which will then save a homeowner a lot of time, money, and headaches.

An HVAC system that has been properly chosen for your home is incredibly important if you want to ensure that your home will be cooled and heated properly. Take the hard work out of finding the perfect HVAC system for your home.Contact the experts at Cascade or Call (509) 642-6383.