Will Air Conditioning Remove Home Humidity?

July 15, 2020

In addition to sending cool air into your home, an air conditioner also removes moisture from the indoor air. This reduces the humidity in your house, making it feel cooler and more comfortable. Humidity holds heat. Reducing humidity makes your residence more comfortable and means your AC unit doesn’t have to work as hard at cooling your property. Here are some ways to help your AC unit do its job at removing moisture.

Keep the Coils Clean

You should make sure the indoor evaporator coil doesn’t become covered in dust and dirt. If it’s dirty, it won’t be able to remove all of the humidity it’s designed for. You should make sure the air filter isn’t dirty, too.

Adjust the Fan Speed

Your air conditioner is designed to move air through your home at about 350 CFM per ton. If your fan is set at a high speed, it will remove air too fast for effective humidity removal. Your house will be cool, but it will be more humid than you probably would like. Lower airflow allows your air conditioning system time to remove excess moisture from the air. If you have a variable-speed air conditioner, it will automatically adjust the fan to the right speed.

Check the Refrigerant Level

If your air conditioning unit doesn’t have enough refrigerant, it won’t be able to remove enough heat and humidity from the air to make your home comfortable. Low refrigerant can cause other, more serious issues as well. A licensed professional can check your refrigerant level and recharge it if needed.

Quinte Air Supply in Belleville, ON, maintains air conditioning systems. Part of our maintenance service includes checking and recharging refrigerant levels. We also maintain, install, and repair air conditioners, heat pumps, furnaces, in-floor heating, ductless air conditioning, and gas fireplaces. Our other services include ductwork, hot water heaters, and boilers. Call us today to find out more.

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