Mesa, AZ is a desert community, which means our air is very dry as well as being hot. Air conditioners can help address the temperature, but do very little to increase the humidity of the air. In fact, they can often do more harm than good in that department. As they cool the air, moisture condenses and becomes liquid (much like dew that forms in the early mornings). Your air conditioner safely collects the condensate in a pan and removes it from the system, but the effect is to make the dry air even drier. Awhole-house humidifier can be the answer, and understanding how these systems work is key to explaining their benefits to you.
Relative humidity—a term you may often hear during the weather report on TV—is a gauge used to measure the percentage of ambient moisture in the air. 0% relative humidity means no moisture at all, while 100% humidity basically means rain. In order for human beings to be comfortable, the relative humidity needs to be between 30% and 50%. If it gets any lower, your skin will dry out and start to crack. Your sinuses and throat will feel dry and scratchy, elevating the risk of a cold or sickness, and the furnishings in your home will suffer damage as they dry up.
How Humidifiers Work
Humidifiers gauge the amount of moisture in the air and will vaporize water to add to it if it’s needed. When installed in your air conditioning system, it can circulate the moisture throughout your home, making the air more comfortable in the process. In order for that to happen, it needs access to a regular water supply and be installed properly in your system by a trained technician.
If you’re tired of dry air in your home, then a humidifier may be the perfect answer. Call the pros at John’s refrigeration for more information!