Here in Gainesville, we understand all too well the struggles of humidity. The one respite we have from the mugginess is the comfort of our air-conditioned homes. But how do we know our air conditioning is really keeping us completely safe from the humidity? Too much humidity in the home can cause mold spores or incite allergy symptoms, while too little humidity can cause eye irritation or skin dryness. Therefore, balancing the humidity content in your home is very important to the health of both you and your home, so Gator Air and Energy is here to help you do just that.
Why Should You Be Concerned About Humidity?
The biggest and most common problem associated with high humidity is mold. Mold causes respiratory problems, eye irritation, and in some cases, rashes. Not only does moist air grow mold, but it also grows other bacteria that are breathed in by those in the house.
However, you do not want a humidity level that is too low either. Low humidity is dry air, and like high humidity, it causes skin and eye irritation. Specifically, low humidity is known to increase the evaporation of tears, which can lead to eye issues. It also causes dry skin, including chapped lips and knuckles, etc.
Finding a happy medium with humidity is important, and sometimes requires either a dehumidifier or a humidifier to accompany your A/C unit. However, if you have a quality HVAC system, you shouldn’t have to worry about that.
How Does Air Conditioning Help?
To understand how air conditioning deals with humidity, we must go back to the creation of A/C. According to Carrier.com, Willis Carrier, the inventor of air conditioning, created A/C to combat the effects of humidity. Originally, a byproduct of the humidity-removal was cooler temperatures. However, as the years have passed and technology has improved, air-conditioning’s role has switched. Now, dehumidifying is a byproduct of cooling down a house. Air conditioning removes moisture from the air in order to blow cold air throughout the building.
How can you tell if your A/C isn’t pulling its weight? Well, if you are noticing that the inside of your house is humid, (you would detect a musty smell, possible signs of mold, etc.) then it is possible that your air conditioning unit is not working up to its full potential and might need to be fixed or replaced.
If you are noticing that the inside of your house is humid, it is possible that your air conditioning unit is not working up to its full potential and might need to be fixed or replaced.
When Should You Be Concerned?
Of course, we all know that summer is the time when you feel moisture in the air the most, but interestingly enough, summer is not always the time when you should be worried about humidity in your house. Humid air often times sneaks up on a house not when you feel it most, but when it is mild and the A/C is not being used as much. Because a byproduct of HVAC systems is clearing the air of humidity, when the air conditioning is not being used heavily, then humidity builds in the house. Therefore, look out for humidity in the spring or fall seasons, especially in Florida.
Contact Gator Air & Energy for Air Conditioning Services
In order to keep your house at a comfortable temperature and a safe level, contact your local HVAC professionals for more information, or explore our website.