Humidity control is one of the four components of an indoor comfort-control system.

Humidity is a quantity representing the amount of water vapor in the air. Also known as dampness, dankness, moisture, wetness, mugginess and dewiness.

In the summer months, we may need to remove humidity from a home.

Humidity Control - What Is It

This process happens automatically as the humidity or warm moist air in your home returns to the air handler (furnace) through the return vent. When the warm moist air returns to the air handler it blows over an internal component called the evaporator coil.

The moisture in the airstream will condense on the evaporator coil and collect into a condensation ejector pump. The condensation ejector pump is a device that usually sits on the floor next to the air handler. You will see a hose coming out from it which runs to the exterior of the house. The condensation ejector pump will eject the condensation out of your house when it fills with enough condensation to activate the motor to turn on and finally eject the condensation outside. The condensation ejection pump will automatically turn off and will repeat the process as it starts to fill up again with condensation. Some homes eject the condensation into a sink or the drainage system in the house. Although this method will work fine, it’s not the proper way to eject the condensation.

Air conditioners cool homes by removing heat and moisture (humidity) from the air. When the humidity levels are too high, the air conditioning system needs to work a lot harder. If the equipment doesn’t have sufficient cooling capacity, it may be unable to cope with extreme humidity. As a result, the home may never feel truly comfortable.

A few common signs of high indoor humidity includes:

  • Moist, clammy air. Your skin may feel clammy when you’re inside your home.
  • Foggy windows. This happens because humidity is vaporized water in the air. When it becomes bottled up in your home, it may fog up the windows.
  • A musty odor. Excessive humidity causes dampness around the home and can eventually lead to this unpleasant problem.

Why Don’t We Have Enough Cooling Capacity?

One of the mistakes that people often make is that they assume that the larger and more powerful an air conditioning system is, the more effectively it can cool a home. If your air conditioner’s capacity is much larger than needed, it won’t be able to remove moisture as effectively. In turn, your home’s humidity levels will remain high. This is because more powerful air conditioning systems don’t need to run as much because it cools the house so fast and in return satisfies the thermostat and shuts the air conditioning system down. The air conditioning system does not have enough time to remove a lot of humidity or moisture from the air. This is why it’s important to buy an air conditioner that is well balanced for your home.

Dehumidifiers (What Do They Do?) (How Can They Help?)

The best way to deal with humidity when trying to cool a home in the summer months is by installing a dehumidifier onto your existing air conditioning system. This simple appliance will pull moisture from the air before it is forced through the ducts in your home. Dehumidifiers can be run with air conditioning systems, which allows you to adjust the temperature and humidity level of your home all at the same time.

When humidity levels are kept in a normal range inside your home during the hot summer months, air conditioners are able to do their jobs and run much more efficiently. You will notice that you will feel cooler and more refreshed under these conditions.

In the winter or cold climate months, the heating system dries the air and can make it real stuffy. You can get dry mouth or a stuffy nose. The wood on your furniture could crack.

When the humidity levels drop dramatically in the winter, the relative humidity levels inside the home drop as well. It is now necessary to add moisture to the air.

Humidifiers And How They Can Help

The most effective way to deal with low humidity inside a home during the winter is by using a humidifier. This appliance can be installed right onto your existing Heating System. It will add moisture to air before it is forced through the ducts in your home. The relative humidity in your home can be kept above 50 percent, which will make the apparent temperature feel a lot warmer. The end result is a warmer more comfortable home.

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