Do you find that the “feels like” temperature in your home often doesn’t match the number that’s showing on your thermostat display screen? One of the most frequent causes of this inconsistency is the amount of moisture in the air, or the humidity level.
Humidity and Your Cooling System
You no doubt already know that your cooling system works by pulling heat and moisture from the air. What you may not realize is that your air conditioner can struggle to remove enough moisture whenever the outdoor humidity is high. When it’s overwhelmed, you’ll find that the air feels sticky or clammy even when your thermostat is displaying what should be a comfortable temperature.
Can Bigger Equipment Improve the “Feels Like” Temperature?
Oversized equipment only makes the problem worse because it reaches the thermostat’s target temperature too quickly, then cycles off again without removing sufficient humidity. This short-cycling makes your home feel cold and damp while the equipment is running and uncomfortably hot and sticky whenever it cycles off.
How to Align “Feels Like” and Actual Temperature
The best way to bring the “feels like” temperature in line with the number you see on the thermostat’s room temperature display is to keep humidity in a range between 30 and 50 percent. Here are some tips on how to do so:
- Make sure your cooling system is well maintained — If you haven’t kept up with yearly preventive maintenance, the A/C may not be running at maximum efficiency and capacity, and this can diminish its ability to properly control humidity.
- Have the HVAC system assessed — A knowledgeable HVAC pro can check whether your existing equipment is sized accurately and the ductwork is in good condition. Both of these factors can impact how well it removes excess humidity.
- Consider adding a dehumidifier — With a dehumidifier on the HVAC system, your A/C doesn’t have to work as hard to keep your home at a comfortable temperature, and you’ll save money on your energy bills.
For more advice about achieving a comfortable “feels like” temperature in your Long Island home, contact us at Cool Power today.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about the “feels like” temperature and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.
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