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There Are Many Roads To High-Efficiency Cooling Equipment: Beyond High-Efficiency Air Conditioning

May 11, 2011 | Blog

Naturally, an efficient air conditioning system in your home is a very important factor in ensuring that your home is cool and comfortable, but there are other factors to consider.  If you live in the Corpus Christi area, you know that summers can be extremely hot and humid.  What other steps can you take to make sure your home is cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year?

Humidity is a big problem in many homes; moist, damp air can lead to mold, mildew and related damage.  Plus higher humidity in a home makes you feel hot and sticky even when the temperature is at a normal range.  There are days when the outdoor temperature doesn’t require running either the heat or air conditioner, but it still feels damp inside.  Besides air conditioning, how can you control the excess moisture in your home?

A whole-house dehumidifier is a solution for many homeowners; excess humidity is drawn from the air, putting dry air in its place.  The whole-house dehumidifier removes moisture from the home even when the air conditioner is not running.  This means that you can actually turn your thermostat up a bit and feel cooler and more comfortable.

Here are some possible reasons your air conditioning is not taking care of the humidity problem:

  • Many manufacturers achieve their higher SEER (seasonal energy efficiency ratio) rating by over-sizing the indoor coil which makes the system remove less moisture.  Because it takes less energy to just lower the temperature than it does to remove moisture they can attain a higher SEER number by removing less moisture from the air.
  • Many contractors and homeowners push to oversize equipment.  This causes the equipment to short cycle which reduces the efficiency and moisture removal capability of the equipment.
  • Inside units, ductwork and supply grilles may sweat when variable-speed blowers are set to their ramping start-up.

The simple truth is that in humid climates like ours you cannot rely on your heating/air system alone to remove the amount of humidity from the air in your home to maintain comfort levels.  If you have excess moisture problems, consider a whole-house dehumidifier or The AC-Enhancer to help control your humidity level.

Mathews CCAC Air Conditioning services Corpus Christi and surrounding areas.  Feel free to give us a call with your questions, we’re happy to help!

Our goal is to help educate our customers about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information, click here to download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

 

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