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Rain, Humidity, and Your Air Conditioning

One of the best and worst aspects of living in the south is the humidity. On one hand, humidity makes colder temperatures feel less cold. Our winters are mild and our falls are perfect for going outdoors and exploring new trails and activities. However, when that humidity mixes with our scorching hot summer temperatures, things can get pretty bad.

Since we’re in the thick of our summer and heatwaves are cropping up everywhere, we figured it was a perfect time to talk about humidity, rain, and how they both relate to your air conditioner. This is the perfect time to invest in air conditioning maintenance in Monticello, AR, because it’s a service that will help your system fight against the influx of humidity and the even hotter temperatures to come in August.

Let’s get started, and don’t be afraid to call us if you have any questions!

The Switch from Dry Heat to Humid Heat

Every summer we experience a drastic shift back and forth between dry heat and humid heat. Depending on the pressure, the weather patterns, and the time of day, we’ll have different types of heat strike our area and we’ll require different tools to keep comfortable.

Heat is heat, and if you’re feeling hot or uncomfortable then you should either take a dip in a pool to cool off, or call our team for help with your HVAC equipment. Your AC should be able to keep your home protected and comfortable from the outdoor elements, including heat and humidity.

That being said, when dry heat switches to humid heat, here are a couple of things you can expect:

Mold Growth

When your air conditioner runs on a humid day, it needs to remove the humidity that’s in your air. All air conditioners have the ability to slightly dehumidify your home, so a bit of humidity usually isn’t a problem. The problem comes on the muggiest of days when your air conditioner is inundated with a lot of water.

The huge influx of water can cause the condensate drain or tray to clog up. This can result in mold growth and a whole host of other problems.

Efficiency Problems

The more humid it is, the hotter it feels, even if the temperature isn’t as high as you would think. Your air conditioner could be cooling your home to seventy degrees, but if there’s still a lot of humidity, that might not feel comfortable enough.

Pushing your air conditioner beyond this point might hurt your home’s energy efficiency and cause your energy bills to rise as a result.

Our Two Solutions

Has everything we’ve said so far seemed familiar? We get it, humidity can be a huge problem in our area. Here are two solutions that you can invest in right now that would help solve the problem.

  • Invest in AC maintenance. Make sure your air conditioner is in great condition with AC maintenance. This will allow it to dehumidify your home and keep things comfortable at an affordable rate.
  • Purchase a whole-home dehumidifier. Whole-home dehumidifiers can remove the moisture from your whole house, essentially leaving your air conditioner to cool your home. These two systems work together and they can keep your home healthy and happy.

Contact Nicholson’s Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. if you need help with your AC. Customer Satisfaction is our #1 Goal!

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