Warmer weather in the Northwest is always accompanied by higher humidity. More moisture in the air does more than make us uncomfortable; high humidity also affects HVAC performance in Mercer Island homes and businesses.
How Humidity Impacts HVACs
Part of your air conditioner’s job is removing moisture from the surrounding air. The higher the humidity, the harder the air conditioner has to work to achieve the same results. Older HVAC systems may not be able to deal with the excess moisture, resulting in subpar air cooling. The same is true for new systems which aren’t maintained properly. The end result? HVAC systems wear out faster, utility bills are higher than they need to be and air quality is less than optimal.
But How Can You Tell?
How do you know whether your HVAC is experiencing humidity overload? We recommend homeowners and businesses watch out for these telltale signs:
- The air feels abnormally moist and feels like it’s “sticking” to your skin
- The windows fog up within minutes of the HVAC switching on
- You smell a damp or musty odor
How to Dehumidify Your Home
Start by removing some of the moisture to take some of the load off the AC. The simplest solution is to add a dehumidifier. This can be a dehumidifier compatible with the AC or a standalone model.
Worried How High Humidity Affects the HVAC in Your Mercer Island Home?
Though humidity peaks in summer, spring also sees a rise after a fairly dry winter. Now is the time for an AC maintenance and repair visit from All Points Heating. Contact us today for a free consultation.
We Help When High Humidity Affects the HVAC in Mercer Island
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