Riley Heating & Air Blog: Posts Tagged ‘humidity’

How to Reduce Humidity Levels in Your Home This Summer

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

Hot and muggy summer weather can leave you scrambling indoors for cooling comfort, but an air-conditioned home that feels damp and uncomfortable offers little relief. When the problem is high humidity levels in your Phenix City, Alabama, home, adjusting your AC’s thermostat setting only sends your utility bills soaring. Instead of resigning yourself to a cold and clammy environment, use these tips to identify the causes of high humidity and find solutions.

What Causes High Humidity?

At any given temperature, the air inside your home can only hold so much water vapor before it reaches its dew point. Then the moisture begins to accumulate on every available surface, including your skin. Water intrusion from everything from cooking to washing dishes in hot water can contribute to an excess level of moisture in the air too. Even small holes and gaps in the building envelope can introduce humid air into your home.

Avoid Damaging Consequences

Too-humid air promotes the growth of mold, mildew, and bacteria, which can aggravate or even cause health consequences like asthma and allergies. The Environmental Protection Agency reports that mold can develop in as little as 24 hours, making it critical to address problems quickly before the fungi cause extensive damage to your health and home.

HVAC Solutions

From ventilators to mold-killing UV lamps, your trusted HVAC contractor is a valuable resource when it comes to resolving problems with indoor air quality. For reducing humidity levels, effective options include:

  • AC Maintenance – Because air conditioners are engineered to extract water vapor as well as heat from the air, sometimes a comprehensive tune-up is all it takes to make sure your system performs these tasks properly.
  • Cleaning for Efficiency – During AC maintenance, our HVAC technicians will also clean the system to remove mold and any other contaminants. Cleaning the filter will also help to increase AC efficiency and humidity control.
  • Dehumidifiers – Designed to work with your existing HVAC system, a whole-home dehumidifier effectively removes moisture from your entire home and is an investment that can pay for itself in lower energy bills.

At Riley Heating and Conditioning, we address all of the factors that influence your comfort during the long hot summer in eastern Alabama or western Georgia. For more information, explore our comfort solutions or call us today at 334-298-1278.

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Why Properly Sizing HVAC Equipment Is So Important

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

With HVAC systems, bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better for your Phenix, Alabama home. It’s easy to see why some may think that a large heating or cooling system will produce greater indoor comfort. There are those who might consider a smaller unit because it is more affordable. However, oversized and undersized systems are equally problematic. Properly sizing your HVAC equipment must be taken into consideration when making that very important purchase.

What Is HVAC Sizing?

HVAC sizing involves special calculations to determine which system would best meet your heating and cooling needs. Your HVAC contractor conducts a load calculation and takes into account factors such as the number of windows and the square footage of your home.

Oversized Systems Cause Problems with Air Circulation

Oversized systems don’t circulate indoor air properly. A unit that is larger than necessary will heat or cool your space quickly and then turn off. This short cycling, and the resulting poor circulation of air can cause the indoor air to become stale, stuffy and humid. It can also create problems with indoor air quality such as mold growth and the buildup of pollutants.

Undersized Systems Operate Under Excessive Stress

A heating or cooling unit that is too small will have high energy consumption. It will have to work harder to keep up with the demand for heated and cooled air. It will also be less effective at reducing indoor humidity. Sooner or later, an undersized system will become damaged by having to carry more than its share of the load. This eventually plays out in expensive HVAC repairs and in premature system breakdown.

Wrong-Sized Systems Lack Efficiency

Because oversized and undersized HVAC systems cannot perform efficiently, your energy costs will be higher. When systems cycle on and off continuously, or work harder to provide the right temperatures, they will be costly to operate. The bottom line with such systems is that they increase energy consumption and can shorten the life of the system.

To find out if your Phenix City HVAC system is the right size for your home or office, contact the knowledgeable crew at Riley Heating & Air Conditioning. Give us a call 334-298-1278 for help with properly sizing HVAC equipment, or to schedule an energy evaluation.

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