Air conditioners in Cincinnati do more than just cool – they also dehumidify! Running your Cincinnati air conditioner comes with the added bonus of humidity control in the home. Read on to learn just how they do it and if it’s cost-effective.
How Air Conditioners Dehumidify
To cool a home or business, the air conditioner pulls air from its interiors via the return ducts. The cooling process releases heat from the air to cool it. Air is then recirculated back indoors.
When outdoor humidity levels are high, indoor humidity levels rise, too. Cincinnati summers can be hot and sticky – making the need for dehumidification a must when it comes to comfort.
During the cooling process, moisture is also removed from the air. Water vapor condenses along the condenser coil, collects in the air conditioner’s drip pan, then flows out of the system through the condensate drain lines.
Are Air Conditioners Cost-Effective for Dehumidification?
Yes, air conditioners do have dehumidification capabilities. No, it isn’t the most cost-effective way to remove moisture from your home or business?
Why not, you ask?
Because your dehumidification needs don’t always match your cooling needs. If moisture levels are quite high, you may need to run your AC unit beyond your cooling needs to effectively remove excessive moisture.
Whole-home dehumidifiers are a better solution to remove moisture from the home. Running an air conditioner to dehumidify uses more energy, and air conditioners just aren’t as effective as a system built entirely to control moisture.
Whole-home dehumidifiers work in conjunction with your air conditioner to remove moisture overload. As the air conditioner cycles air through the system, it also flows through the dehumidifier, where water vapor in the air condenses and effectively falls out of the air.
A whole-home unit is far more effective than a portable dehumidifier. It also requires minimal maintenance, unlike portable units that require near daily reservoir emptying under humid conditions. A whole-home unit drains on its own, and can be serviced by your HVAC technician during your annual maintenance visits for optimal upkeep.
If your Cincinnati air conditioner isn’t keeping moisture in check, let Nelson Comfort assess your indoor conditions and find the best solutions for your household or business. Contact us today to get started.