Dry Air in Your Home: Why Your A/C Could Be the Culprit

air conditioning causing dry air

Spring and summer in Georgia can bring some seriously humid conditions. You might spend an hour fixing up your hair and then it turns into a frizz ball as soon as you walk outside.

An air conditioning system is vital during these brutal summer months. However, there are times that central air conditioning systems can dry out the air too much.

Spending time in areas that are too dry is actually bad for you. You may notice your skin starting to dry out, flake or split. Some people even experience nosebleeds. In addition to your personal health, your home could be damaged as well, such as chipping paint, cracking wallpaper and splitting furniture.

When you run your air conditioner, it actually acts as a dehumidifier. Although this is not its primary function, it is a byproduct. It aids in reducing dust and allergens, but it sometimes does the job so well that it dries out your home.

You should pay attention to your air conditioner’s sizing requirements. If your air conditioner is too large for your home and runs excessive amounts of BTU’s, it may make your air too dry.

So how can you fix the problem of a dry air in your home?

For starter, try running a ceiling fan to help circulate air and keep the A/C from working too hard. Rather than relying on your system to control the humidity in your home’s air, you can also purchase a whole house humidification system that can regulate the moisture in your home much better—especially since this is its primary job.

If you’re experiencing any negative effects of dry air in your home, contact our experienced HVAC technicians to learn about affordable and effective solutions.