Ever wonder do air conditioners dehumidify your Atlanta, GA home? We review how air conditioners work to condition the air, when a dehumidifier is necessary, and the risks of too much humidity.
Quick Review: How Do Air Conditioners Dehumidify?
Air conditioners are essential during our hot, humid summers. Sure, but, do you know how they work their magic? Air conditioners, as well as heat pumps, move the heat energy in the home to the outside, which leaves cooler air in your home.
Specifically, your AC compressor condenses your unit’s refrigerant throughout the outdoor portion of your system. At this stage, the refrigerant changes from a gas to liquid. The liquid is forced into the indoor cooling compartment where the fan circulates air over the evaporator.
The fins on the evaporator exchange the warm air with cool air and the refrigerant turns from liquid to gas, removing the warm air. The cool air is sent back into your home via your duct system.
When refrigerant flows into the evaporator coils, heat is pulled from surrounding warm air which creates condensation. The condensation drips from the coils, into the drip pan.
This moisture flows out your system and is expelled outside your home. This part of the cooling process provides dehumidification as it removes moisture from the air.
When is a Dehumidifier Necessary?
Dehumidifiers are a great tool during Georgia’s humid summer months. To make your home more comfortable in the summer, you need to lower the temperature and remove excess humidity.
Do air conditioners dehumidify? The answer is yes, but air conditioners are limited in their dehumidifying capabilities. When it gets extremely hot and humid during the summer, a dehumidifier makes your home more comfortable and reduces strain on your air conditioner as it pulls out excess moisture.
Dehumidifiers come in different forms. The most comprehensive and effective tactic is to install one to work with your HVAC system.
Risks of Too Much Humidity
Excess humidity in your home causes all kinds of unwanted problems. Humid air creates an ideal environment for mold and bacteria growth. Excess humidity also creates a perfect habitat for dust mites.
In addition to health concerns, excessive humidity in your home becomes uncomfortable. In response, homeowners lower thermostats. When you do this, the lower temperature in your home increases your energy bills and forces your HVAC system to work harder.
The dark, humid interior of your HVAC ductwork make for an ideal mold and bacteria playground. As air from your air conditioner (or furnace) passes through the ducts, it picks up this mold and bacteria, shooting it into your living spaces for you to breathe.
Mold also lands and grows in your vents, which causes additional air contamination. Air with mold and bacteria floating in it is not only gross and smelly, but is dangerous for the young, old, and those with allergies, asthma and certain cardiac difficulties.
Do Air Conditioners Dehumidify Your Atlanta Home Enough?
Yes, but they need some help in the humid Georgia summers. Install a dehumidifier in your home to increase comfort and health, as well as extend the life of your air conditioner. Whatever unit you consider, Estes Services helps!
Give us a call and we’ll provide you with a consultation and free estimate. We’re happy to show you how a dehumidifier works with your HVAC system. Our technicians always have your comfort in mind!
Estes serves the greater Atlanta area, including Kennesaw, Dunwoody, Decatur, Johns Creek, Virginia Highland, Buckhead and Fayetteville. You’ll also see us helping customers in Marietta, Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Druid Hills, Roswell, Midtown and Peachtree City.