How Humidity Affects Air Conditioning Efficiency
Air conditioner efficiency is affected by humidity because an air conditioner’s consumption is linked to the relative humidity and outside temperature. When it’s functioning correctly, an air conditioner decreases the temperature and also decreases relative humidity in your house. Decreasing moisture (which is what causes humidity) is essential to comfort because humidity that is high drags down the skin’s sweat.
The evaporator’s refrigerant helps remove heat from blown air. However, this chilled coil’s outer part also causes condensation as room air moisture gets to the dew point. Also, condensation lets out heat that is taken out of the air conditioner. The result of higher humidity is more condensation, and increased condensation makes more heat that the air conditioner must work harder to remove. This ultimately raises electricity costs.
There are ways, to decrease your home’s humidity.
- Put a ground-moisture barrier in your crawl space and decrease summer inside humidity
- Make your dryer vent outdoors
- Do not dry clothes indoors on a line
- Put covers on pots when using them to cook
- Install and utilize fans in the kitchen and bathrooms, if you do not have them
Humidity adversely affects the efficiency of your air conditioner, so be sure and take measures to reduce home humidity.
How Often to Do Air Conditioner Maintenance
Air conditioner maintenance is something many people don't think about. However, it is an important part of the overall maintenance of your home. No matter whether it is a window type air conditioner, or a central air conditioner, air conditioner maintenance should be something you do regularly.
Twice A Year Cleaning
Your air conditioner, when maintained, will last for a long time. Regular maintenance will also prevent costly repairs. Set up a schedule of cleaning, and maintaining your air conditioner at least twice a year. You should clean off the coils, the housing, the vents, and the duct work for central air before and after the season.
Keep Covered When Storing
When using a window style air conditioner, cover the actual condensing unit before storing it away. This will prevent any small rodents or bugs from making a home it in. You can also keep a lot of the dust out of the ducts and vents.
Clean Once A Week
While you are in the middle of the summer months, you should also make it a point to dust and make sure the vents are clean in your air conditioner.
Schedule It In
One way to make sure that you keep the air conditioner maintained is to set up a schedule. A simple card located on the side of the air conditioner will keep you on track. Just initial it every time you clean it, or change a filter, with the date.