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Does an Air Conditioner Remove Humidity

Get QuickAir
31 Dec 2019
2 Min Read

Most people seem to hold the belief that an air conditioner works by pumping colder air into a room. It doesn’t. Instead, air conditioning works by removing heat and humidity from a room. By doing so, the air will become cooler. Obviously, cool air will be blown into your home at the same time, but that is not going to be enough to cool down your home. The humidity needs to be removed from the air too.

Removing humidity is what cools the air down

The more humid your home is, the hotter it will be. This is because of the water in the air trapping the heat. You have probably noticed this with the weather outside. The more humid it is, the hotter everything will feel. When the humidity hits the highest numbers, that is when you will probably be reaching to flick on your air conditioner.

So, how does an air conditioner remove humidity from the air? Well, built into your air conditioner will be something known as an evaporator coil. Beneath this will be a pan that collects evaporated water. When your air conditioner is turned on, it will be sucking in air. This air will be forced around the evaporator coil. This (as the name suggests) will remove the water from the air by evaporating it. The result is that the air in your home will be cooled down as moisture will be removed from it. It will also have the effect of not having the humid air damaging the surfaces of your home. Basically, everything inside that building is going to feel a lot less ‘clammy’.

Don’t worry. That evaporating pan will not fill up. The air conditioner will empty the excess water automatically for you. The only time you need to pay attention to that pan is if your air conditioner doesn’t appear to be working.

If you live in a particularly humid area, then you will need a regular air conditioner service

The air conditioner is going to remove humidity from the air. However, this does not mean that the humidity is not going to have an impact on your air conditioner. As you probably know, humidity does a lot more than retain heat. It can lead to mold growing. Excess humidity can even cause rust. All of this could impact your air conditioner. If you do not have a regular service carried out, then your air conditioner will be less effective at removing humidity from the air. Eventually, your air conditioner will break down. You should have a service carried out at least once per year.

Is your air conditioning unit not working?

Air conditioner units are complicated bits of kit. Even with regular air conditioner maintenance, you may notice that they are not performing as well as they should on occasion. Thankfully, you have us. If your air conditioner doesn’t appear to be cooling the air down properly, then you may need to have it repaired. Our air conditioner repair team is able to work with all brands of air conditioners. We will help to ensure that your air conditioner works at the top of its game and, of course, help to ensure that your home or place of work is kept nice and cool. Call us on 1300 730 896