How Florida’s Humidity Affect Air Conditioning and Heating

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How Florida’s Humidity Affect Air Conditioning and Heating

Living in Florida, humidity is a way of life. You can’t escape it. It’s just one of those things you learn to deal with. Now, you may never become completely accustomed to the mugginess, even if you were born and raised here. Lowering humidity inside your home not only helps with your comfort, but it plays a big role in how the HVAC system functions. Here is how humidity can affect your air conditioning and heating.

Perceived Temperature

Humidity affects the way you experience temperature. When the humidity index is at 80% it feels considerably hotter than if it were at 20%. This happens both inside your house and out. If there is high humidity inside you’ll feel warmer, which means you’ll turn the AC temp down more.

This is reversed during the winter months. As humidity makes you feel warmer, you may not need the heat on as high because of the perceived temperature increase. Low levels make the temperature feel cooler.

To maintain good air quality inside your home, you need to keep humidity at appropriate levels throughout the year, regardless of season.

Causing the A/C to Work Harder

Although most A/C units can remove some of the humidity in the air as it circulates through the ventilation system, Florida levels can be extreme, which means it reduces the effectiveness of the A/C unit.

With the high humidity, you feel hotter in the summer and crank up the A/C. To cool your home, your entire HVAC system must work harder to compensate. This can lead to potential break downs while cutting the life expectancy of the unit as well.

Paying More to Cool Your Home

As your HVAC system runs harder, especially in the summer, your energy bill will increase, and you also might have costs with maintenance or repairs.

A Dehumidifier Can Help Offset Cooling Costs

A dehumidifier might be a smart investment for your home. First, simply removing moisture from the air may make the home comfortable enough to enjoy without the A/C (at least during certain months of the year). It also cuts down on how hard the system needs to work. This helps you save money and you’ll extend the life of the air conditioner.

Humidity in Florida is just something you need to deal with. No matter where you live in the state, it’s not something you can escape, even with the gentle ocean or gulf breeze.

Watching and taking steps to manage the humidity level in your home you can make it even more comfortable while extending the life of your HVAC system.

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