May 6, 2021
High Humidity in Albany, Oregon

High humidity levels have a negative effect on your air conditioning system. Both indoor and outdoor humidity affect your AC. When there’s too much moisture in the air, your AC might not be able to remove enough of it to keep your home comfortable. In extreme situations, the coolness of the air blowing through the vents may not be as cold.

Causes Your AC to Work Harder

Central air conditioning systems are designed to remove moisture from the air, but they have their limitations. With too much humidity, they can’t keep up, and they work harder in an attempt to remove the humidity from your home. You should keep your indoor humidity level between 30% and 60% not only for your indoor comfort but also for your home’s maintenance. High humidity encourages mold growth and pest infestations. Low humidity can crack wood and cause an increase in respiratory illnesses.

Reduces the Effectiveness of Your AC’s Cooling

If the AC is old or isn’t sized properly for your home, it may fail to cool your home properly. An old air conditioning system won’t keep up with humidity removal as well as a newer system. ACs are designed to last 10–15 years on average. Once your AC is over 10 years old, high humidity will affect it more.

An air conditioner that’s too small for your home will naturally have to work harder in cooling your home. High humidity makes it even more difficult for the system. ACs that are too large aren’t good either. They contribute to greater moisture in the air because they don’t run long enough.

Shortens the Lifespan of Your AC

Working harder hastens the wear and tear of your system. Thus, you will need to replace your AC sooner when it regularly deals with humid conditions inside your home. If your home has problems with excessive humidity, you can have a dehumidifier installed.

Mike's Heating and Air is a Mitsubishi Diamond Dealer in Albany. We can properly size and install air conditioning systems as well as heating systems. Other services we offer are AC repair, AC maintenance, heating repair, heating maintenance, and indoor air quality services. We have NATE-certified technicians, and our business has been operating since 1985. Contact us to schedule service for your AC or heating system.

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