You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Managing the humidity in your home is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Many times, as fall begins, you’ll observe the humidity in your home intensifying as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more problems for you than just discomfort. It could negatively affect your indoor air quality.
Perfecting the humidity inside your home is a balancing act. You don’t want it to be very humid, but you can also have problems in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is preferred for your highest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
In between seasons, you may notice an increase in humidity in your house when you’re operating your AC less often. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, high humidity can bring greater problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more regular attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that prosper in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually begins to cool down, the air will get a lot drier. This can also take a toll on your health. Without some moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get extra dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will improve your chances of feeling under the weather.
Your health isn’t the only factor that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be damaged also. High humidity can cause your furniture to swell and warp, while low humidity can cause it to dry out and crack.
You can count on Farnell Heating & Air Conditioning Inc to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 251-471-2674 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.