Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Dehumidifiers’

Can My AC Handle Summer Humidity?

Monday, May 11th, 2020

too-much-heatIf you’ve experienced at least one year living in the Triangle, you know that high humidity makes heat much harder to cope with. You can expect to run your home’s air conditioning system longer and harder to overcome the additional heat.

Well … the feeling of additional heat. High humidity doesn’t raise the temperature of the air: an 85°F day is still an 85°F day no matter if the relative humidity is 15% or 90%. What happens when humidity levels are too high (over 60%) is that more heat becomes trapped inside your body. The increased moisture in the air slows down your ability to release heat through perspiration, so you end up feeling hotter than if you were able to shed most of that internal heat.

Basic science lesson over. What does this have to do with your air conditioner? Plenty. If you feel your air conditioner isn’t doing much to combat the high humidity in your house each summer, that’s because it ­wasn’t designed to.

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Why Humidity Can Make Summer Heat Much Worse

Monday, May 27th, 2019

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What is it about humidity? We know—because we live in an area that often experiences high humidity during the middle of the year—that a hot day feels much hotter, and much less pleasant, when the humidity levels soar. A “dry heat” means “a tolerable heat.”

But what is it specifically about humidity that makes a hot summer day much harder to take? We have the answer to that question—and we also have a way to help you beat high humidity inside your home. (You’re on your own outside, however!)

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Humidity and Your Air Conditioner in Summer

Monday, May 15th, 2017

ac-condensersHumidity and heat during the summer can combine to make what might otherwise be a pleasantly warm North Carolina day into it a tough slog for almost anybody. The reason for this is that the increased moisture in the air is something like putting on an extra layer of clothing: it traps more heat inside the body, making temperatures feel warmer. So an 80°F day will feel like it’s actually 90°F. When relative humidity rises above 60%—a common event around here—the discomfort kicks in.

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Why Your AC Can’t Handle High Humidity

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Heat is only one of the enemies of comfort during our summers in Raleigh. The other one is humidity. The higher levels of moisture in the air makes is harder for the human body to release heat through perspiration, which is why humid days feel hotter than the actual temperature. A 90°F day is hot no matter which way you look at it, but a 90°F day with 80% relative humidity can be utterly miserable.

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