Something that surprises many homeowners is that air conditioners not only keep the air cool; they also play a vital role in humidity removal. The season of high humidity is here, which means excessive moisture in the air leaves you feeling hot and sticky, even when temperatures are not at their most extreme. Moisture in the air means sweat cannot easily evaporate from your body, leaving you feeling warmer. Furthermore, moisture in the home can lead to the development of mold or mildew.
In today’s guide, we’ll take a look at how air conditioners control humidity, and why you need to schedule maintenance every year with a qualified technician. Through our program, you receive a thorough heating and air conditioning maintenance inspection twice a year as well as other valuable discounts and services.
How Your Air Conditioning System Controls Humidity
Air conditioners do not actually create cool air, as you may picture it. Instead, they remove heat from the air using a chemical blend called refrigerant and a set of coils. As refrigerant moves through the indoor evaporator coil, a blower fan blows warm air from the home over the coil and the refrigerant evaporates into a gas, removing heat from the air in the process. As this happens, some of the moisture from the air collects on the coil as condensation. This water then drips into a shallow tray, called the condensate pan, which leads to a drain pipe so water can successfully drain.
Why Schedule Maintenance
Unfortunately, if the water does not have an outlet to drain to, it can cause condensation to build up and overflow, leaking into the AC or into your home. This is a common problem in many homes, and could cause extremely costly damages requiring time-consuming renovations. Maintenance is a service in which an air conditioning technician visits your home to clean some components, make any necessary adjustments, and provide a thorough inspection of the entire system. This includes cleaning the condensate drain and pan to prevent mold growth and checking for any potential problems that could cause overflow, such as a blocked drain, a crack in the condensate pan, or a tray that is not properly angled.
For air conditioning humidity maintenance in Jacksonville, put your trust in the experts at Air Source America. We offer twice yearly maintenance, priority service, and 15% off repairs and indoor air quality products to anyone who signs up for our USA Club maintenance program.
When you need better humidity control in Jacksonville, call the team at Air Source America and ask about our USA Club benefits.