The Impact of HVAC Systems on Indoor Humidity: Managing Moisture for Comfort
If you live in El Paso, then you are no stranger to the humidity it can bring into your home. Having a properly functioning HVAC system can have a huge effect on the comfortability of your home. We will discuss the importance of having an HVAC system in your home and how it can have a positive effect on humidity.
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HVAC VS. Humidity
Aside from keeping your home nice and cool, HVAC systems can also keep the humidity at a comfortable level. Excessive humidity can cause health problems for individuals living in your household. This is because when there are high levels of humidity, mold and mildew begin to grow. Exposure to these spores can cause respiratory problems or other serious health issues. On top of humidity harming your health, it can also cause damage to your home if the levels are high enough. Damage can include warped floors, peeling wall paint, and can even cause an increase in your electrical bill due to your air conditioner working harder.
Your HVAC system can help lower the humidity levels in your home, even living in the warm climate of El Paso. Humid air can get into your home through leaking crawl spaces, poorly sealed windows, or simply keeping your doors and windows open on a muggy day. On top of these instances, steam from cooking, taking hot showers, and leaky pipes can only add to the humidity situation. You can use your HVAC system to bring back moisture balance to your home. Using humidity control on your HVAC can pull the moisture from the air to bring down the humidity. Most modern HVAC units will have this function installed; however, if you have an older unit that is still in great shape, you can have a dehumidifier installed to help with the humidity.
Keeping Your HVAC Healthy
If you’re struggling with humidity in your home and you’ve already checked for internal issues like leaking pipes or open windows, then it might be an issue with your HVAC. If your HVAC is not running to its proper standards, it can affect the humidity. Read below for reasons why your HVAC system could be struggling to maintain the humidity in your home.
- Your AC unit is too big for the space it’s in- A large AC unit in a small space can cause excessive switches in your thermostat, which can prevent your HVAC from pulling moisture from the air.
- Your condenser coils are dirty- Dirty coils can leave you with inconsistent temperatures and unmanageable humidity.
- The humidity outside is excessively high- If you’re opening your windows while the system is on, it can cause the humidity to linger and potentially damage your HVAC.
- Your AC has a refrigerant leak- If you have a refrigerant leak, your unit will struggle to cool your home and therefore struggle to balance out the humidity.
If your HVAC system is struggling to maintain the humidity in your home and the El Paso heat is beginning to overwhelm you, it’s time to call a professional. Here at Omega Electrical & Mechanical, we offer commercial HVAC services for any issues your unit might be having.