Air Conditioners work harder in high humidity.

by stevensplumbingac on August 6, 2014

Phoenix Az humidity stresses air conditionersHigh humidity can cause your air conditioner to have to work harder.

It’s monsoon season in Arizona, which means higher humidity could be making air conditioners work harder to cool Phoenix homes.

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What can you do to help take some of the stress off your air conditioning system?

Have your Air Conditioner Serviced.

First, if you haven’t had your AC check-up yet this season, do it now.  Yes, we’re well into the air conditioning season and you might be thinking it’s too late to worry about that now.  But it’s never too late to have your air conditioner checked to make sure it’s working properly and especially now, with excess moisture in the air adding to the burden of cooling your home, having your air conditioner tuned up might be just the thing that’s called for.

Move the air in your home.
Also, get and keep the air in your home moving.   Air movement helps lower humidity and it also will help decrease the air temperature, taking some of the burden off
your air conditioner.   Turn on ceiling fans and/or add floor fans to as many rooms in your home as possible.  Make sure the ceiling fans are set to push the air down in the summer.

Add a dehumidifier to your Air Conditioner.

A dehumidifier will pull moisture from the air before it hits the ducts in your system, lessening the burden placed on your air conditioner to cool the home, and helping preserve your ductwork from rust and deterioration caused by moisture accumulating on the metalwork.  Many models of heat pumps and central air conditioners can be retrofitted with a dehumidifier.  Give us a call if you’d like more information about adding dehumidifying to your air conditioning system.

Good basic Air Conditioner maintenance is important.

And, of course, make sure you’re following the basics of air conditioner maintenance:

Set your thermostat as high as your comfort level allows.  78 degrees is a recommended setting for our summer months.  Don’t think little adjustments aren’t important.  Raising your thermostat setting by just one degree can save you significantly on your energy costs, as well as easing the workload on your air conditioner.

Make sure your home is well sealed.  Check the condition and effectiveness of insulation; caulk doors and windows where necessary.  Insulation, especially insulation in attics, can get moved out of place or just compressed/ compacted over time.  It’s a good idea to have the insulation checked periodically to make sure you don’t have any gaps or exposure.  It’s also a good idea to check doors and windows to make sure they have a good seal.  With the settlement of a house over time, minor cracks/gaps can occur around doors and windows, allowing a surprising volume of cold air to escape from your home.

Keeping blinds and curtains closed will also help, as will awnings and shade trees planted on the sunny side of your home.  And, adding shade to your condenser unit outside can help, but be sure anything placed near the AC doesn’t block air flow.

Keep lamps and heat generating appliances like TVs well away from thermostats as the heat from the appliances can cause the thermostat to run more often and for longer periods of time.  

And, of course, your air filter should be changed at least once a month.  Be sure to use a new, disposable filter each time.

Questions about your air conditioner, or ready to schedule an AC check-up?
Give us a call!  An experienced AC technician is always available during business hours to
answer your questions.

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