If you live in Auckland you’ll relate to the hot and sweaty commutes, frizzy hair, muggy air, damp sticky clothes – all due to the high humidity that is omnipresent at this time of the year.
Aucklander’s are now feeling the heat with temperatures reaching 29 degrees. Auckland’s humidity is known to produce relentless humidity at this time of the year, and it’s been felt by Aucklanders significantly over these past couple of weeks.
The extended forecast for Auckland is for more sunny, dry days with highs of up to 27, and the average low over the next six days is around 16 degrees. The humidity is likely to get as high as 80 per cent or more on some days which isn’t ideal for people who are generally most comfortable when it’s around 40 per cent.
Although you can’t change the weather, what you can change is how humidity affects you and your family’s comfort.
One of the best ways of beating humidity this summer is by installing an air conditioner.
Why is humidity so uncomfortable?
On hot and humid days, your skin might feel sticky and overheated, and the air can feel muggy and heavy. And when you add a mask to the equation, simply breathing can feel like an enormous effort. Being hot and bothered especially in Auckland’s humidity can make you tired and uninspired to do even the simplest tasks.
So, what is it about humidity that can make you feel so uncomfortable?
According to AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Dave Dombek. “Evaporation is a cooling process, if you step out of the pool or a lake, you get a chill because the air is very dry, and that water almost instantly starts to evaporate off of your skin so that it cools it.”
Ordinarily, as sweat beads onto the surface of our skin, heat from our bodies evaporates that sweat into the air, thereby cooling our skin. Humidity, however, prevents sweat from evaporating as readily, because the surrounding air already has high moisture content and can’t absorb much more. And the less that moisture evaporates from our skin, the more uncomfortably warm and muggy we feel.
High humidity can make us feel hotter than we do on drier days. Simply put, humidity – the amount of water vapour (moisture) air possesses – can make it difficult to shed excess body heat through sweat.
Meteorologist and forecaster Ben Noll says “ expect warmth to continue to increase” over coming summers.
According to Auckland Council, our mean annual temperature has risen about 1.6 degrees in the past 100 years. The way things (emissions) are going, this heating up will accelerate – by 2100 our average temperature is predicted to rise 3.5 degrees. Noll adds to this: “Warmer air can help to evaporate more ocean water… leading to more moisture in the atmosphere which we feel as more humidity. That is part of our future climate.”
Remove humidity and increase the benefits of air conditioning
Most people think that an air conditioner is just a system that pumps cold air into a room. When in fact, air conditioning removes humidity, heat, and moisture from a room.
By doing so, the air will become cooler. Cool air will be blown into your home simultaneously, but that will not be enough to cool down your home. The humidity is what needs to be removed from the air too.
Mould and fungus love a humid environment. These two issues alone can cause significant and costly problems to your home and health.
An excess of humidity can also cause musty odour, peeling paint or wallpaper, and visible water stains, to name a few. By achieving the correct moisture balance in your home with an air conditioner, you’ll also be gaining some of these added benefits.
- Help prevent flu
- Help prevent allergic reactions
- Better air quality
- Fewer insects and parasites
- Protects electronic devices from overheating
- Cooler environment
- Natural temperatures that help you sleep
- A significant less risk in mould repair costs
Beat Auckland’s humidity with an air conditioner
The best way to beat Auckland’s humidity is by installing an air conditioner. Air conditioning not only removes humidity but can keep you and your family cool over summer and warm over winter without having to buy two separate units.
But keep in mind that it also depends on the type of air conditioner unit you have.
Air conditioners can be installed on the ceiling, the wall, and the floor to suit your custom needs.
This is the cheapest, best, most eco friendly way that the average person can cool down.
Warming and cooling air is expensive, but moving air with an air conditioner is cost-effective with our Mitsubishi Electric heat pump and air conditioning range.
There’s no need to put up with Auckland’s humidity or anywhere in New Zealand as we can help you find the best air conditioner for your unique needs that will make your life more comfortable.