With summer just around the corner, it’s not too early to think about the A/C effects on your skin. While it’s tough to argue with the comfort the air conditioner provides on a hot humid day, human skin can pay a price should the air get too dry at home and at work.
Condensing the humidity in the air is part of the cooling process. When the air in your home blows over the evaporator coil inside the air handler, the water vapor in it condenses on the coil. It drips into a drain pan and then empties into a floor drain or outdoors.
The ideal humidity levels range between 30 and 50 percent, and sometimes lower, for comfort and health. Air that’s too dry pulls moisture out of your skin, which not only causes discomfort, it can cause short and long term damage.
The best way to monitor your home’s indoor air is with a hygrometer, an inexpensive device that measures humidity. The longer your air conditioner runs, the more pronounced will the A/C effects be. Unless you keep your home at cool temperatures, the cooling system probably won’t run nonstop during the summer.
It may turn off at night and during cooler weather, which will allow the humidity to rebuild. Not using the fans in the bathrooms after bathing or in the kitchen while cooking also replenishes the humidity.
Should the humidity fall below 30 percent, it’s time to take steps to prevent the damage dry air does by:
- Avoid hot showers. Hot water dries out skin quickly and shower rather than take baths.
- Switch to unscented, natural soaps. Perfumed soaps do a lot of damage to your skin. Perfumes come from petrochemicals and are known skin irritants. Switch to gentle, unscented, hypoallergenic soaps.
- Use skin moisturizers liberally. Be sure that they’re not perfumed and overly chemical. Those that contain natural botanicals tend to be gentler.
The experts at Aggressive Mechanical Contractors can help you with humidity management to minimize the A/C effects on your skin. We provide HVAC services for Monmouth County homeowners.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).