There aren't many things more frustrating than an air conditioning that refuses to run. A hot, muggy home can make your space incredibly uncomfortable, which is why I have always focused on maintaining my air conditioning system. Unfortunately, I still run into problems from time to time and I am sure that all of you do, which is one of the reasons I decided to build this website. Check out these posts for more information about keeping your system working beautifully, even if you aren't naturally good at fixing things. You never know, making the right changes could dramatically improve your summertime experience.
It is not the heat; it is the humidity. How many times have you heard people say that? Well, it is partially true. When the heat is a dry heat, people are able to adapt by sweating. As the sweat evaporates, the body is cooled. However, when it is too humid, the sweat cannot evaporate because the air is already too heavy with moisture. Then the body cannot cool itself properly, and people end up with heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
Likewise, your residential air conditioning cannot help you stay cool if the humidity in your home is too high. You need to control the humidity in your home so that the cooled air can keep your home at a cooler temperature. Here is what you need to know about these related topics, and how to accomplish the perfect balance of moisture with cooled air.
Place Dehumidifiers in the Basement
Basements have the highest amount of moisture, which can travel upward into your vents and into your home. Then, the cooled air from your air conditioner causes everything to feel very clammy. Clammy is not what you want, since your skin needs to breathe with the rest of you. Reduce the humidity from the basement, and then your home will feel quite comfortable.
No Basement? Invest in a Humidity Control Appliance
A lot of homes do not have basements. If your home is minus a basement, then you do not have to worry about excess moisture. You will actually have the opposite problem: not enough moisture. When a company like I C E Heating & Cooling installs your residential air conditioning system, request that they install a humidity control appliance as well. These are devices that connect to your home's forced air system, and they deliver exactly the correct amount of humidity to your home all year long.
Air Conditioners With Built-in Humidity Control
Of course, you could always invest in air conditioning systems that control humidity levels by first detecting how dry or how humid the air is in your home. These air conditioners automatically adjust the air quality and moisture density, alleviating you of any need for other appliances that adjust humidity. If these particular air conditioners sound like something you would want installed in your home, talk to a handful of HVAC contractors to see if they supply and install these particular air conditioning systems. They may cost a little more, but they are worth it.