You can rely on your air conditioner the keep you cool and comfortable in even the hottest temperatures. In humid weather, on the other hand, that may not be the case. Your HVAC system will be able to handle some humidity, but on days of extreme humidity, your system may struggle.
The Effects of Humidity on HVAC Performance
AC units are designed for two things: cooling the temperature of a room and removing moisture from the air. But if that’s the case, why would humidity affect performance? It may seem contradictory, but there’s a reason humidity is bad for your air conditioner.
Air is able to retain heat more easily when moisture is present, so it’s crucial for an AC unit to remove the moisture while cooling the room. On normal days, your HVAC will have no problem with this task. However, your AC unit will have to work harder than normal to keep the room cool on days that are uncomfortably humid. This can lead to a few common problems.
On extra-humid days, your AC unit will struggle to keep up with all of the moisture in the air. As the unit works harder and longer to remove the excess moisture, it will consume more energy than usual to accomplish its job. This will effectively cause a drop in your AC’s efficiency and result in a higher energy bill.
Wear and Tear
The increased effort by your air conditioning unit will put additional strain on the system—strain it wasn’t designed to deal with. If your AC works too hard for too long, it could cause wear and tear over time. This will likely lead to you eventually needing HVAC repair services. If damage does occur, it could range anywhere from a simple air filter replacement to something more serious.
Condensation, Fog, and Musty Air
The more humid it is, the harder it will be for surrounding water to evaporate into the air. This can cause a few problems in your office, such as condensation, foggy windows, and musty smells. If you notice these things, despite being in an air conditioned room, it means your cooling system is struggling. Although these issues seem like simple annoyances, they can still create an uncomfortable indoor atmosphere.
Don’t Let Humidity Damage Your HVAC Unit
Scheduling routine preventive maintenance for your HVAC can go a long way in protecting your system from wear and tear caused by humid weather. At A&G Piping, we provide unparalleled maintenance services and emergency repairs to minimize downtime. If you want the ultimate provider in HVAC services, give us a call today!
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