Every house has its own distinctive palette of sights, sounds and scents which combine to create the familiar feeling we recognize as “home.” Most human beings are so perceptive, they can detect even the subtlest changes in their surrounding environment. In Arizona, air conditioning is essential to creating a comfortable home atmosphere. Keeping the temperature cool inside while it’s sweltering outside is your air conditioner’s main job. However, controlling the relative humidity indoors is also an integral part of managing the environment in your home.
Rainy Days in the Desert
Though most Phoenix winters are relatively dry, this year we’ve had a fair amount of rain over the last several months. Summers in the Valley of the Sun feature spectacular thunderstorms throughout the monsoon season, which stretches from mid-June to the end of September. It’s important for homeowners to note, excess humidity and water damage from rainstorms and leaks can wreak havoc on your HVAC system. Here are some of the more common humidity and water related problems to watch out for in your home air conditioning system:
Mugginess Due to Humidity
If you’ve noticed that your home feels muggy or if you find yourself perspiring almost immediately upon getting out of the shower, it may be an indicator your air conditioning unit is not properly dehumidifying your home. As your AC system circulates warm air through the air conditioner, water condenses on the evaporator coils and is drained away. If the evaporator coils are dirty or not working properly, moisture will not be removed and humid air will, instead, be recirculated throughout your home resulting in a muggy feeling on your skin.
Leaky Roofs and Water Damage
Monsoons, rain storms and broken water pipes are the most obvious cause of water damage in homes. Water damage is responsible for millions of dollars’ worth of insurance claims each year in the U.S. If water manages to leak from your roof into your air conditioning duct system, it can cause mildew and mold which will produce an unpleasant, dirty socks smell coming through your AC vents. If you notice a mildew odor in your home and you cannot immediately find the cause, it may be originating from your AC ducts. Remember, undetected leaks from water pipes can also affect your ducts and your air conditioning system.
Water Can Damage Your AC Unit
In Arizona, many air conditioning units are located on the roof. It is not uncommon for older AC units to develop water damage due to corrosion. Electronic parts, wiring and motors are particularly susceptible to water related issues. Even small leaks can cause big problems. Our service professionals know what to look for when it comes to electrical glitches caused by water leaks.
A Spring Inspection Will Detect Any Water Problems with Your Air Conditioner
The humidity in your home is just one of the many items we will check during a spring AC inspection. Get ready for the hot summer weather ahead. Call us today.