Today’s HVAC Questions: What is the best thing to do for high humidity in my home?
A: In newer and tighter homes off-gases and moisture have no escape which causes higher humidity and discomfort. In other homes moist or damp crawlspaces/basements can contribute to high humidity. Moisture in the air holds heat, especially during the more humid months of summer. A major function of the cooling system is to remove this moisture from the air.
Q2: How can you lower the humidity in your home?
A2: Here are some solutions:
- Low-cost option: Have longer run times with air conditioning system. Newer thermostats have dehumidification modes which extend compressor cooling time, but this may result in overcooling the space.
- Medium-cost option: Dehumidifiers are a simple and effective way to remove moisture from living spaces and crawl/basement areas. Visit Honeywell for a variety of choices and models.
- Best-option: Two-stage or variable speed air conditioners or heat pumps are the best way to reduce humidity in your living space. American Standard’s Comfort-R™ feature in this equipment is a good example. Comfort-R™ will ramp up the airflow in your home, making your home cooler and more comfortable faster while maintaining comfortable temperatures.
Q3: Why is there smoke coming from my Heat Pump outside?
A3: During cold weather, heat pumps go into defrost cycle resulting in smoke and noise.
Q4: Why is there water around my outside Air Conditioner/Heat Pump?
A4: During cooling mode in spring and summer, it is normal for pipes to sweat and drain out onto the Air Conditioner/Heat Pump pad.
Q5: Why does my fan run all the time?
A5: The thermostat is most likely in the “fan only” position – easy fix – change fan to auto. The indoor fan relay may be stuck closed – will require a technician to replace the relay.
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