Does Air Conditioning Remove Humidity?
The ideal indoor humidity level ranges between 30 to 50 percent. An excess of humidity can cause a lot of problems in your home such as mold growth, a musty odor, peeling paint or wallpaper, visible water stains and more. To ensure your home has healthy indoor air quality, it is important to have the right level of humidity otherwise your indoor air quality can worsen and become stale.
One of the great things about air conditioning is, not only does it cool your home, but it also regulates indoor humidity. To give you more detail about this subject, the pros at Mattioni have prepared a quick guide. So, if you have been asking yourself “Does AC remove humidity?” this blog is for you!
How Your AC Works
Before you learn whether your AC removes humidity and how it does it, it’s important to get the gist of how your AC works. Essentially indoor air goes through the vents and registers in your home and reaches your air conditioners evaporator coil. The coil contains a cooling agent called refrigerant which circles through your AC unit, changing between its liquid and gaseous form. When air blows over the evaporator coil, the refrigerant absorbs the heat from the warm indoor air and cool air blows into your home.
This is our long-winded way of saying that your AC does not work by just supplying cool air. It removes the warmth AND the moisture from the indoor air. After the refrigerant absorbs the moisture and warmth from the indoor air, excess condensation drains out of your unit through the condensate pan underneath the evaporator coil. So, to answer your question; Yes, your air conditioner does remove humidity!
How Can I Prevent Excess Humidity?
If humidity is still a problem in your home, there are several ways you can prevent it.
- Use a Dehumidifier
This appliance is a great way to regulate the humidity in your home. If you live in a particularly humid climate, a dehumidifier might be a helpful purchase! You can opt for whole house dehumidifiers or smaller ones that focus on one area or room in your home.
- Proper Ventilation
By having proper ventilation through exhaust fans, you can ensure the air in your home isn’t stale and sticky. In addition to using exhaust fans, crack open a window occasionally.
- Wipe Down Excess Water
If moisture tends to collect in certain places in your home such as your bathroom or kitchen, take a minute use a towel or squeegee to wipe down areas such as the walls of your shower, or around your kitchen sink. This can help prevent mold growth.
Learn How to Control Humidity with Mattioni!
We hope this blog helped answer any questions you have about your AC and humidity. With our VIP membership, you can get more for your bucks. If you want to learn more about how to reduce excess humidity in your home, get in touch with the pros at Mattioni! Our highly-qualified professionals will be more than happy to assist you! Call us today at 610-400-8510 or schedule a service on our website!