Weather plays such an important role in our lives, and our day-to-day decisions. But looking at the base temperature is never an indication of the actual total temperature. Those from a cold climate understand that using the base temperature in the winter without knowing the wind chill factor can put them at risk for frostbite. Just the same, in a hot climate, 80 degrees may be bearable but not with 100% humidity.
This map below taken from Air Sports Net is a great indicator of how relative humidity alone is dispersed for the early hours of July 19, 2016.
Keep in mind that these numbers are logged at 1:20 AM, not at high noon.
Why Is This Important?
Weather data is easily attainable and even the popular weather channels, websites and apps will list the temperatures along with relative humidity. But knowing the breakdown of humidity in your area within your State is important for planning your summer and extremely helpful when shopping for a portable cooling option–an evaporative cooler or a portable air conditioner.
What Air Sports Net brings to this topic is an interactive website that allows you to view the relative humidity in each specific region–no matter where it is located within a State.
Here you can see that many parts of California are humid and many are quite dry. By clicking on any number, which represents the relative humidity of that area, you will see a pop-up window with a breakdown, as seen in the above photo of Mammoth Lakes with 24% relative humidity. You can also see how humidity in the State of California ranges from 11%-100%–that’s a massive difference.
New Hampshire, a known humid state, may not have the same drastic variations as California, but more than expected, with a range of relative humidity from 64% to 100%.
Knowing where you fit into this range is the difference between choosing an evaporative cooler or a portable air conditioner.
Cooling Options for Low Relative Humidity–Up to 67%
The Honeywell CO70PE is fully equipped with a digital control panel, remote control and electronic features. This unit is built with UV-resistant materials and has a weather resistant construction for use indoors and outdoors, ideal for cooling your outdoor patio events, BBQ area and even an office warehouse or outdoor restaurant area.
The CL25AE is a great for spot cooling in any home or office. Evaporative coolers do not require power hungry components like compressors. The CL25AE consumes only 235 watts of power. Four fan speeds with oscillating options improve air circulation and provide an even distribution of cool air for rooms up to 300 square feet.
The CO60PM is an ideal choice to keep indoor rooms and outdoor environments comfortably cool and breezy. This weather resistant evaporative air cooler is made to resist outdoor conditions. It does not require power hungry components like compressors. This is a sturdy unit that works very well in hot, dry climates, and is equally powerful both indoors and outdoors, for both residential and commercial needs.
Cooling Options for High Relative Humidity– Above 67%
This air conditioner can cool large spaces extremely well and in a short amount of time. This popular unit serves as a fan, dehumidifier, and air conditioner. With 14,000 BTUs this unit is powerful enough to cool an entire floor of a home. Its modern and classy design makes it ideal for any decor.
The HL14CESWG Portable Air Conditioner combines 3-in-1 technology, cools and dehumidifies areas up to 550 square feet. It features an environmentally friendly refrigerant, auto-evaporation system, a reliable dehumidifying function as well as a traditional three speed fan-only function. This is a convenient portable air conditioner that has an attractive design and delivers optimum cooling, dehumidification and fresh ventilation.