Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help improve your indoor air quality. It can do so by keeping the humidity low. As fall arrives and you’re using your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can rise. Humidity causes more issues than just making you feel uncomfortable too – it also affects the quality of air in your home.
Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks type situation – you have to get it just right. You don’t want too much humidity, but a lack of humidity is also a concern. The ideal humidity level for your comfort and health is near 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t running as often during those in-between seasons is when you may notice a humidity problem in your home. The first thing you’ll probably notice when your home’s humidity is too high is that your comfort will be inhibited. The effects of high humidity are actually a larger deal than just being uncomfortable as there’s a chance that they could be having an effect on your health. Mold, mildew and dust mites all thrive in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to an uptick in attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather gets cooler, the air gets drier. Low humidity can also be rough on your health. The lack of moisture in the air causes the mucus membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities to get drier, and these are what filter out debris and bacteria. When they become dry they could also increase the chance that you get sick.
Too much or too little humidity can also cause issues in your home. Dry air pulls moisture from items in your home and causes cracking. However, if the humidity is too high, your furniture may swell and warp.
Lennox has a host of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home comfortable, they can leave you with a healthier home environment. Our professionals will work with you to take care of any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel just right. Give us a ring at 803-265-4208 and get the comfort you want.