Why Can’t I Get The Humidity Down In My Home?
In the Houston area, summers are well-known for two things: extreme heat and extreme humidity. Many of us know that our air conditioners work like a dehumidifier, not just removing the heat but also reducing the humidity level in our homes. But what if your AC is running and you still can’t get the humidity down in your home?
Even if the AC is pumping cool air, if the humidity is still high, then you’re likely to still experience discomfort in your home. There are several reasons why these high levels of humidity might be occurring. The best thing you can do to correct these problems is to contact Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating to have a thorough assessment done on your HVAC system to find the cause of the humidity and let us help you find the best solution to make your home comfortable again.
Common Causes of High Humidity in the Home
Here are some of the most common causes of high humidity even when your air conditioner is running:
Leaky Air Ducts: Ductwork distributes air throughout your home, carrying cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. If there are leaks in the ductwork, it can allow extra moisture to be pulled into the air being distributed, raising the humidity level in your home. Fixing a leaky duct system can bring the humidity level back into balance.
Oversized air conditioner: Find the right size air conditioner for a home or commercial space is a science that requires specific measurements and evaluations of the structure. If the unit is oversized for the heating and cooling needs of the structure, then the AC will cool it too quickly, not allowing enough time for properly dehumidifying the air. There are 2 ways to combat this issue: replacing the unit with one that is properly sized or installing a whole-home dehumidifier.
Frozen evaporator coils: The evaporator takes cold, liquid refrigerant from the unit outside and uses it to cool the warm air that has been removed from your home. That cool air is then returned into your house. When the evaporator coils are iced over, they can’t cool the air OR dehumidify it as much as they should, giving your home a muggy feeling.
Dirt and dust in your HVAC system: Your HVAC system will work at its best when it is clean and free of debris. Replacing your air filter frequently minimizes the amount of dirt, dust and other particles that build up on the system’s components, but doesn’t completely eliminate it. Professional cleaning is needed every so often to keep the system clean and running smoothly. The condenser coils on the outdoor unit in particular can accumulate dirt and debris easily, making it hard to release heat outside, breaking up the refrigerant cycle and leading to higher indoor temperatures and humidity levels.
Get Help Bringing Down The Humidity
If your home or commercial building is suffering from excessive humidity, the team at Seasons Air Conditioning and Heating can help. We service most of the Greater Houston area, so call 281-351-1010 today to schedule your HVAC service in Tomball, Conroe, The Woodlands, Katy, Atascocita, Kingwood, Magnolia, Cypress, Spring and surrounding areas!