Lexington summers can be humid as well as hot – when outdoor moisture levels are high, the relative humidity levels inside your home or business will also climb. Luckily, if you have an air conditioner, you have some defense against excessive moisture. Let’s take a look at how air conditioners work to pull moisture from the air, and if relying on your AC system is really your best option.

The Air Conditioner’s Dehumidification Process

To understand how an air conditioner also dehumidifies air, you need to know the basics of the cooling cycle. When cooling, your air conditioner draws the air from inside through the return air ducts. Air passes over the system’s condenser coils as part of the cooling process, where heat is released. Then cooler air circulates back inside.

When air passes over the condenser coils, moisture also falls out. Water vapor from the air condenses into water droplets along the coil, exiting your indoor air supply. These water droplets fall into your unit’s drip pan, and flow out through condensate lines. So, running your air conditioner for cooling will also remove some of the excessive moisture from your home or business building.

Do Air Conditioners Provide Effective Dehumidification?

While yes, your air conditioner will remove some of the moisture from indoors, it’s not the best solution. Indoor relative humidity is best kept balanced between 30 and 50 percent – your air conditioner has no way of regulating this. You simply must run your unit to attain the dehumidification you want – your cooling needs likely won’t match up here, so you’ll be wasting money cooling a home that only needs dehumidification.

The Right Solution for Whole-Home Dehumidification

Instead of relying on your air conditioner to remove moisture – choose a system built specifically for that job! Whole-home dehumidifiers work to draw moisture out of your home or business, allowing water vapor to condense and exit the system. They are cost-effective, consume low energy levels, and require very little maintenance from you (unlike portable units).

For the most efficient and affordable dehumidification solutions for your Lexington home or business, contact Climate Control today. Let our NATE-certified cooling and indoor air quality specialists identify the moisture issues you face and match you with the right whole-home solutions to meet your needs and budget.