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Is My Air Conditioner Drying Out My Home too Much?

It’s pretty much common knowledge that summertime means humid conditions. However, you may not realize that the humidity levels outside are not necessarily going to match up with those within your home. It is very possible that your indoor air may be too dry during the summer season, even if it is pretty humid outdoors. More surprising to some homeowners is the fact that their air conditioners could be the root of the problem. Read on to learn more about the phenomenon, and let the pros on our staff handle any necessary whole-house humidifier services in Des Moines, IA.

Your AC Removes Humidity from the Air

An air conditioner is not a dehumidifier. It is a cooling system. That being said, the fact that dehumidifying the air is not the AC’s primary function doesn’t mean that dehumidification is not a part of the cooling process. As heat is removed from the air in your home by your AC, moisture is indeed drawn out of the air as well. This moisture collects on the evaporator coil, and is drained out of your home via the condensate pan and drain line.

This can be beneficial during the summer when the humidity is very high outside. However, it can actually prove to be detrimental in some instances. When it is very hot out, and you are running your air conditioner pretty much around the clock, the air in your home can get too dry. That is why having a whole-house humidification system is so important.

With a whole-house humidifier, you won’t have to worry about filling up a water tank or moving a portable unit around the house. You also won’t have to worry about over-humidifying the air, as you can set the humidity level that you want accurately. That way, you can cool your home without worry about drying out the air within too much.

Contact Schaal Heating and Cooling to learn more.


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