Will AC Reduce Humidity?

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The Movement of Air

An air conditioner seems quite simple. A machine blows cool air into your home when it’s hot. But it’s actually a little more complex than that. An AC is actually a regulator of air, bringing in cool air and removing warm air.

Along with air, an AC regulates humidity — the measure of moisture in the air. Here’s how the process works.

Removing Warm Air

Summers are usually rife with humidity, along with heat. When an AC is running, it doesn’t just push cold air into your home. It also pulls out warm air, which helps it run more efficiently.

As the warm air travels through the system, it touches the cold evaporator coil. The coil both reduces warm air and helps evaporate moisture, which is a key step in removing the humidity from your home.

The AC is pulling out and treating the hot, humid air, and replacing it with cool, dry air. That’s why it often feels like the room is less sticky when the AC has been on for a while. It’s just doing its job!

What if it’s Still Humid?

You don’t need to do anything to activate the humidity-reduction properties of your air conditioner. It’s already built with this purpose. But different systems are better than others at reducing humidity.

If your AC is running properly but your home still feels humid, you can add a whole-home dehumidifier to further reduce humidity. An ideal humidity level for your home is between 30 and 50 percent. Too much above or below that level, it can affect your health and the air in your home.

If only parts of your home are too humid for comfort, a portable dehumidifier is another good option to stay comfortable.

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