As the old cliché goes, “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity.” Here in Florida, we know plenty about humidity. We mostly just have to live with it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not uncomfortable. After all, the reason that humidity is uncomfortable is because of how it impedes our body’s ability to sweat, thus impacting its ability to cool down.
Many of us rely on our air conditioners to fight back against the humidity. But the question is: what happens when your air conditioner isn’t enough?
Sometimes, the air conditioner isn’t enough to resolve your humidity problems. In that case, here’s what you can do:
Upgrade Your Air Conditioner
If it’s not even the most humid time of year and your AC is still struggling to fight the humidity, it could be that your air conditioner isn’t powerful enough. That might be for a couple of reasons:
- You might need to upgrade to an air conditioner that’s capable of running more than one speed. Your typical air conditioner uses only one speed, meaning it cools the home by switching between on and off. However, this can be ineffective for effectively removing humidity.
- Your unit could be old. An older air conditioner’s parts will gradually wear out and that leads to failure of proper cooling.
If your air conditioner in Panama City is already in need of a replacement, an upgrade could be a good decision in helping reduce humidity. However, we wouldn’t recommend upgrading purely for that purpose.
Reconfiguring or Repair Your HVAC System
Another reason your AC may be failing to wick the moisture is if it’s just not functioning the way it’s supposed to, whether that’s due to an error in the installation or an easy thermostat fix.
- The thermostat could be operating on fan mode instead of the auto mode. Running the fan mode means simply that the fan is running and blowing air, but it does not mean it’s using any cooling power.
- Poorly designed vents could be venting too much air, an issue known as negative air pressure. Essentially what happens is the pressure in your home will suck in more air from the outside—including any humidity.
- Your AC is short-cycling and preventing the proper absorption of heat. Short-cycling could be caused by anything from a clogged air filter to an oversized unit, so it’s best to call in a pro to assess the problem.
Try An Approach That Fixes Humidity While Retaining Efficiency
With all that being said, fixing your AC or upgrading it may help you feel more comfortable. However, it will reduce your efficiency.
Humidity interferes with the AC’s cooling process, meaning you’ll have to run the AC longer than usual to get those comfortable temperatures.
The best way to reduce humidity and get the best performance is by installing a whole-house dehumidifier. These devices are installed right in your HVAC system and will help lower the humidity through your entire home.