How High Humidity Affects HVAC Performance

high humidity affects HVACWith spring around the corner, you can expect the weather to heat up which also means an uptick in humidity. Spring is the time to start monitoring the air quality of your HVAC system, and unbeknownst to most homeowners, high humidity affects HVAC performance.

How High Humidity Affects HVAC Systems

Part of an air conditioner or heat pump’s function is to remove moisture from the air, so the higher the humidity, the harder the system must work to achieve desired results. Older HVAC systems may not be able to deal with excess moisture, resulting in subpar air cooling. The same goes for modern systems that operate without filter changes or other maintenance work, or if the installer did not properly size the system for the size and type of your home. The end result? Premature HVAC wear, higher utility bills and poor air quality.

Is too Much Moisture Ruining Your HVAC?

An inspection will reveal the condition of your HVAC system, and we recommend homeowners watch out for these telltale signs:

  • Air feels abnormally moist and ‘sticking’ to your skin
  • Windows fog up within minutes of the HVAC switching on
  • Damp or musty smell or odor

Dehumidifying the Home

If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, you can take some of the load off your HVAC system by adding a dehumidifier – either compatible with your system or a stand-alone model.

We Sell, Install & Maintain A/C & Heat Pump Systems

With springtime upon us, now’s the time for A/C and/or heat pump inspection, service or repair. Call the pros at Nordstrom Heating in Marysville today and rest easy as temperatures and humidity begins to rise.

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