How Does Humid Air Affect My HVAC?

High humidity and your HVAC

We spend all winter wishing things would warm up.

But there’s warm, and then there’s too warm.

A hot day is one thing. Throw in some humidity and venturing outside can feel like you’re walking around with a wet towel over your face.

Humidity can be troublesome indoors as well, and not just in the summertime. In this week’s blog post, we’ll look at the toll humidity can take on your heating and cooling system.

How does humid air affect my HVAC?

The air conditioning side of your HVAC system cools your home by taking heat and moisture out of the air. The higher the humidity, the harder your AC needs to work. And if your system doesn’t have enough cooling capacity, you may never feel comfortable.

In fact, your home can end up feeling warmer than it actually is, causing your air conditioning system to run harder for longer without giving you the benefits of cooler air. You’ll end up spending more money to cool your home without achieving any real comfort.

How can I tell if my home is too humid?

Symptoms of a too-humid home can include:

  • Fog on your windows
  • Clammy air in your home
  • An unpleasant, musty odor caused by dampness

It’s hard to sleep in a too-humid home. The air feels uncomfortable, while your house is at risk for mold and mildew.

At the same time, your home needs SOME humidity. When the air becomes too dry, your skin gets itchy. You’re more likely to get colds. And dry air can damage wooden floors and furniture if left unchecked.

How can I keep my home from being too humid or too dry?

It’s the height of August. Pennsylvania feels like Louisiana. It’s too hot and humid to go outside, but inside it’s not much better.

If indoor humidity has gotten out of control in your home, here are a few strategies to make the air more comfortable:

Exhaust Fan to reduce moisture in home
  • Put away your humidifiers and break out your dehumidifiers. You can even have a heating and cooling professional install a dehumidifier into your HVAC.
  • Failing that, you can purchase some dehumidifiers to keep around different parts of the house.
  • Use exhaust fans in the kitchen and bathroom to suck away extra humidity that can form after cooking or showering.
  • Certain plants can help dehumidify your home, including coffee plants, bay laurels and peace lilies, which are also good for battling mold spores.

Now let’s say it’s the dead of winter. It’s a season of chapped lips, persistent coughs and itchy skin. The air in your home feels unbearably dry.

Again, you have ways to add some moisture to your home:

  • Purchase some portable room humidifiers, or a whole-home humidifier
  • Keeping a basin of water near your heating system
  • Just as some plants can remove humidity from your home, others can make the air feel less dry, such as spider plants and rubber plants.

Does your home feel swampy in the summer? Too dry in the winter? Let the heating and cooling experts at All Seasons Comfort Control examine your HVAC system to make sure you get the comfort you need. From installing a new humidifier to performing HVAC maintenance to ensure efficiency, we’ll create an inviting, comfortable environment indoors, no matter what the weather is like outside.