As the heat of summer begins to increase, our thoughts turn to how we can cope with this rise in the temperatures. When we talk about how we can manage the effects of hot weather, often you can hear the expression, “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” This refers to how, for the most part, we can remain fairly comfortable during hot dry days, yet during high humidity days we become very uncomfortable.
We are quite fortunate that modern technology can now provide us with a readily available way to greatly reduce humidity in our homes – the air conditioner. If you live in an area that often experiences high temperatures and sticky, muggy weather, you know that relief is at hand when you have a properly operating air conditioning system to help ease the problem. This ability to reduce humidity in our homes contributes to greater comfort for our families.
These days most air conditioning systems are capable of controlling humidity. Your air conditioning system contains an evaporator coil. The evaporator coil’s job is to condense water vapour from the air. You might have seen this process when condensation appears on the outside of a glass which contains a cold beverage.
This entire process happens when moist, hot air in the home comes in contact with the cold evaporator coil. Then the liquid is condensed out of the air, and this process makes your home less humid. The moisture that is collected by the evaporator coil then goes to a drain and it is sent outside, away from the home.
Your air conditioner needs to be the right size for it to be effective at controlling and removing humidity. For example, a window AC unit that is made specifically for a small room like a home office will not function properly in a larger room such as the master bedroom or living room.
Your central air conditioning system requires enough power to move the cooled air throughout your living space. Choose a licensed professional to calculate the appropriate size you will need for your HVAC system. This will be based on the size of your home and the climate zone that you live in.
The reason why you feel so uncomfortable when humidity levels increase is because our bodies cool down by perspiring. When you are in a humid area, the air has more moisture in it, and this makes it more difficult for your sweat to evaporate.
With lower temperatures, the air becomes less humid and our perspiration evaporates more easily. The result of this is that you feel much more comfortable.
If your air conditioner doesn’t appear to be functioning as well as it used to, or if you are getting ready to purchase a new AC unit, contact the professionals at Hamilton Home Comfort. We have the experience and expertise to help you maintain your existing air conditioning system or decide upon purchasing and installing a new system.