Anyone living in the southern part of the United States, particularly in Florida, knows the combination of heat and humidity that drives up cooling costs in any home. Finding a way to add humidity control to air conditioning will not only provide better results in temperature control in the home, but it can also help to dramatically reduce energy consumption during the late spring to fall season when air conditioners are in almost continual use.


All types and sizes of air conditioners, including window units or central air systems, do remove some level of humidity from the air. Window units remove only a small amount of humidity and are not at all effective at managing humidity levels.

Large central units are more effective at managing humidity levels throughout the home than the smaller window units. However, simply increasing the size of an air conditioning system for the home will not add to the benefits of actual humidity control.

To remove humidity from the air, the AC must be running. Larger AC systems that are oversized for space will cycle on much less frequently than the correctly sized systems. This, in turn, reduces the effectiveness of these systems in removing humidity.

However, by using a variable speed fan in the AC unit, it is efficient at improving humidity control and still using the correct sized and rated AC system. The continual fan is more effective at reducing humidity as well as keeping constant cooler air temperatures.


Cooler air is incapable of holding the same humidity as warm air. With a correctly sized AC unit and a variable speed fan in the system, it is possible to maintain the cooler temperatures desired, drop the humidity levels and to boost the overall efficiency of the system.

To discuss humidity concerns with your current AC system, call Howard Services at 904-398-1414 today.