Understanding the impact of indoor humidity on the efficiency and performance of your HVAC system informs your repair and maintenance decisions for your investment. In this post, Albert Air Inc. takes a look at the intricate relationship between indoor humidity and HVAC performance.
Humidity and Discomfort
Humidity, which is the amount of moisture in the air, directly influences our perception of comfort. High humidity makes the air feel warmer than it actually is because it slows down the evaporation of sweat from our skin, the body’s natural cooling process. On the other hand, low humidity can make the air feel colder with the sped-up evaporation of moisture, cooling the skin more quickly. However, excessively dry air can lead to dry skin, irritated sinuses and increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. High humidity, meanwhile, can foster the growth of mold, dust mites and other allergens, negatively affecting indoor air quality.
Impact on HVAC Efficiency
Your HVAC is directly impacted by indoor humidity levels. When humidity is high, the HVAC system has to work harder to cool the air, consuming more energy and increasing utility bills. On the contrary, during periods of low humidity, your heating system might have to work harder as it tries to compensate for the perceived cold. Therefore, ensuring a balanced humidity level can help your HVAC system operate at its most efficient, saving energy and reducing costs.
Role in System Lifespan
Humidity doesn’t just affect the current operation of your HVAC system — it also plays a role in its longevity. High humidity can lead to condensation within the system, which may cause rust to develop, mold to grow and damage to occur over time. It can cause rapid aging that leads to more frequent maintenance needs or even premature system failure. Low humidity, on the other hand, can cause parts of your HVAC system to dry out and crack. Thus, maintaining an optimal humidity level is key to reducing wear and tear on the system and extending its lifespan.
Proper humidity management will always be helpful to your HVAC’s functionality and overall indoor comfort. To ensure your system works well, you can always count on the team at Albert Air Inc. Call us at (714) 526-6368, or fill out this contact form to reach us.