Summers in Minneapolis are not just warm, but humid and sticky. High humidity in your home can trap water, leading to problems like mold in your walls. However, there is a simple way to prevent the humidity from affecting your home. It’s your air conditioner! Your air conditioner isn’t just cooling your home, but it is also dehumidifying your home at the same time.
Harms of High Humidity
High humidity can trap moisture in your walls resulting in mold or other moisture-related problems. It won’t just be a problem for your home, but your body as well. We sweat to cool down by letting it evaporate into the air. When it is humid, that sweat can’t evaporate to cool down your body. Longer times in higher temperatures can lead to heat strokes and other health emergencies. Keeping you and your family safe from extremely humid conditions is important.
Keeping You Cool
Your air conditioner works by taking in the hot air and humidity from your home, cooling it, and releasing the cool air back into your home. The evaporator coil in your air conditioner condenses the moisture in the air. That moisture gathers into water that is then released separately. Similarly to how evaporating sweat cools you down, removing the moisture in the air helps cool down the air.
Do all air conditioners dehumidify?
Most air conditioners have some way to dehumidify your home, but not all of them will be right for your home. Air conditioners that are too small for the room or square footage for your home may not be able to dehumidify your entire home. Additionally, air conditioners that are too large will turn off often to keep the temperature it is set at. It is important to check with your HVAC professionals when sizing your air conditioner to find the right size for your home.
If you would like to learn more about finding the right air conditioner for your home, give us a call. We would love to help you with finding the best solution for your family. We also offer tune-ups to make sure your HVAC appliances are always in tip-top shape.