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How Air Conditioners Treat Humidity

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Air Conditioners and Humidity

We all know how humidity can turn a hot day into an unbearably uncomfortable one, and the atmosphere just has a different feeling when it’s extremely humid. Luckily, there’s a solution and it’s already in your home!

Air conditioners don’t only cool down your home, but the process in which they do so actually helps to remove humidity. Here’s how it works and why it’s a crucial part of home comfort.

Maintaining Ideal Humidity

Humidity is considered extreme if it goes above 50 percent or below 30 percent. At these levels, the air is either too dry or too wet, therefore causing issues for some people. The further away from the ideal range of 30 to 50 percent, the more we can feel the effects.

Air conditioners can usually remove enough humidity to keep us comfortable. But on extremely humid days, even a strong AC won’t be able to bring it down. That’s when a dehumidifier is a good investment. You may also want a dehumidifier for areas of your home that are not covered by AC or tend to get extra damp, like a basement.

Removing Humidity

Air conditioners remove humidity through their basic process. When the unit takes in air, it collects water vapor on a part called the evaporator coil. After the air is processed and treated with coolant, it blows back into your home without that excess moisture.

A dehumidifier with an AC is an excellent way to reduce humidity, especially if you are more sensitive to its effects. It can also help your home feel slightly cooler, allowing you to raise the temperature on your thermostat and save some money on cooling costs.

Don’t Just Breathe — Thrive

Your home comfort doesn’t end with an ideal temperature. Good indoor air quality is key to staying healthy and comfortable. Contact Lex Air Conditioning and Heating at (972) 217-8955 today to learn more about our indoor air quality solutions.

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