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Is an Air Conditioner Also a Dehumidifier?

Although your central air conditioner does have dehumidifying capabilities, there’s only so much it can do. Your air conditioner’s primary purpose is cooling the air. As part of that, it does eliminate some of that humidity during the cooling process. 

If the humidity in your home is high, your air conditioner may not be able to keep up with lowering levels enough. If you suspect that your air conditioner is struggling to reduce humidity, give our team call and schedule your air conditioning service in Morton Grove, IL. You can also keep reading to learn more about how your air conditioner dehumidifies the air, and when you might need an extra boost to help.

AC Dehumidifiers

When your air conditioner cools the air, it blows over the evaporator coils, which absorb heat from the air. At the same time, humidity condenses into droplets that channel to the condensate drain line to drain outside of your home. 

This process repeats throughout the day during each cooling cycle. Keep in mind that your air conditioner can only remove so much humidity from the air. Some humidity does remain, and humidity levels are healthy as long as they fall into a 30% to 50% range. 

If it seems like your air conditioner isn’t keeping up with dehumidifying your home, you could face one of two problems. First, the condensate drain line may be clogged. When this happens, water backs up in the drain line and spills back out into your home. Aside from the potential for water damage, you also have to consider that this moisture evaporates back into the air and increases humidity levels.

The other consideration is that your humidity levels are high enough that your air conditioner isn’t making a big dent in managing humidity. In this case, you may need to invest in a whole-house dehumidifier to help balance humidity levels and reduce the strain on your air conditioner.

Whole-House Dehumidifier 

A whole-house dehumidifier gets installed separately from your existing central air conditioner. You can select a humidity level to maintain and your dehumidifier will remove moisture in the air and maintain a healthy level of humidity based on your preferences.

Ahead of getting a dehumidifier, you may want to use a hygrometer to measure your indoor humidity and see how high it is. This will help you determine whether or not you need a dehumidifier. Our team can also take a look at your central air conditioner to make sure it’s working the way it should to dehumidify the air based on its capabilities. 

If you’re still having problems, a dehumidifier is likely the solution you need. A dehumidifier can even lighten the load on your existing air conditioner so it isn’t under as much strain trying to remove humidity from the air. This can help your air conditioner to run more efficiently during cooling cycles, ultimately reducing your energy costs and helping your home to feel more comfortable.

Contact Roberts Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. today to schedule your appointment for a dehumidifier as soon as possible.

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