Is Your A/C Handling Humidity Adequately for Your Sarasota Home?

Humid weather in Sarasota puts a strain on homeowners and occupants, as well as their A/C units. How is your A/C handling humidity? Is it enough on its own or do you need another device to deal with this issue?

Air conditioners do remove moisture from the air. When air passes over the unit’s evaporator coils, it condenses and moisture is separated from the air. This liquid is collected by a pan and drainage system, and is removed to outside the home. In certain circumstances however, this dehumidification function may not be enough to keep the home comfortable levels of humidity.

Left unchecked, overly humid air can make us sweat and feel uncomfortable, as perspiration does not evaporate as well as it does in drier air. High humidity can disrupt our sleep and also encourages fleas, cockroaches and other nasties. Even home furnishings suffer, as humid air leads to the buildup of mold and mildew.

The first step before you rush into buying a dehumidifier is to check that your existing A/C system is big enough for your house. With an inadequate system, your A/C handling humidity potential will be slashed and excess humidity produced.

But if your A/C unit is already optimized, then a dehumidifier may be the right next step for you. Like air conditioners, dehumidifiers remove moisture by condensing water vapor from the indoor air. One drawback of dehumidifiers in the summer is they release the warm air produced in this process back into the home.

The next decision is whether to go for a whole house system or a portable system. The whole house option is more expensive, but requires little maintenance. Portable units, which can be moved from room to room, are cheaper but you need to remember to remove the water collected in the unit on a regular basis.

For further expert advice contact us at Climatic Conditioning Co. Inc. We’ve been proudly serving the Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch area for more than 40 years and would be delighted to add you to our list of satisfied customers.