As hurricane season is amongst us, we are forced to think about the impending danger a storm could cause. However, what is often unknown is the other danger storms can bring with them: humidity and the effects of it on AC units. Storms mean an increase in humidity and this could wreak havoc on a home if homeowners aren’t aware of how to measure and control it.
Humidity makes way for the growth of mold, which can be dangerous. Mold in air ducts can clog the system and pollutants can get carried through the home. This spreading of mold throughout the household can cause respiratory allergic reactions. If mold has built up due to the humidity, it is important to have your ducts cleaned, clearing the air in your system.
When condensation does occur, if humidity inside your home is kept at a low level condensation will evaporate into the air rather than collect in your system. This is the goal. One way to prevent this is by using a dehumidifier. This is installed to reduce or maintain the level of humidity in the air by extracting water from the air.
Another preventative measure takes place when installing a new unit, by making sure the system is the right size. A common misconception is that the larger the unit, the more it will cool your home, but this is a myth. In fact, if you have a unit that’s the wrong size for your home, it won’t run efficiently as possible. As a result of this, an incorrectly-sized unit will have to work harder to cool your home and thus, your energy bill will be higher.