Often confused with COOL mode, DRY mode doesn’t feel very different in many regards. Actually, they are very different in terms of function and outcome. Your system remote will depict DRY mode as a water drop, while COOL mode is typically represented with a snowflake. Unfortunately, the DRY function is not a typical feature of all A/C units. You’ll find it primarily on central air systems or window units. Ultimately, the function of DRY mode is to reduce humidity in the air. Humidity translates to higher temperatures, so lowering the humidity will actually make the room feel cooler. Consequently, the DRY function is especially helpful during the rainy season, when humidity is at it’s highest, making you feel muggy, warm, and uncomfortable. While the temperature may not feel it warrants turning on the air conditioner, using the DRY mode will help tremendously. It won’t completely eliminate all moisture from the air, but reduces it significantly, subsequently making the room feel cooler and more comfortable.
When the air conditioner is functioning in DRY mode, the fan and other internal elements of the system will be running, but no cold air will be blown out. As the unit operates in DRY mode, air will be drawn through the system where water vapor condenses on the evaporator. The dry air will then exit the unit and flow back into the space, operating in a very similar fashion as a dehumidifier.
COOL mode’s functionality is very similar to DRY mode, in that when the temperature reaches the target the compressor will stop running but the fan will continue. Humidity will continue to rise until it affects the temperature beyond the target. In DRY mode, the focus is on the humidity level, with a goal of maintaining a 60% relative humidity. Benefits of using dry mode include:
Dry mode does not truly cool the space like COOL setting. The cooling effect comes from the removal of excess moisture, not that the unit is in fact cooling the space. You will however feel the room remains in fact cooler and more comfy. By using the dry function of your air conditioning system you will be investing less money on energy costs. It is actually an effective way of keeping the temperatures comfortable while saving you money. Remember, if your system doesn’t have this setting, investing in a dehumidifier will offer many of the same benefits. —————————————————————— ABOUT EWING AIR CONDITIONING AND HEATING Specializing in Air Conditioning & Heating Repair and Installation for Wylie, Texas and surrounding areas for over 30 years, we have made our primary focus the complete satisfaction of every customer. We’re a company you can trust. Call us today! (972) 693-2343
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