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Fend Off Fall Humidity: Boost Your Indoor Air Quality

You depend on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help improve your indoor air quality. Controlling the humidity in your living space is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Many times, as fall nears, you’ll notice the humidity in your home intensifying as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more trouble 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 too humid, but you can also have problems in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is optimal for your greatest comfort and health.

Too Much Humidity

Throughout the seasons, you may notice a growth in humidity in your living space when you’re operating your AC less often. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, high humidity can bring even bigger problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more recurrent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that multiply in humid environments.

Not Enough Humidity

Once the weather truly happens to cool down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also take a toll on your health. Without enough moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get very dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will increase your chances of catching a cold.

Your health isn’t the only victim 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 rely on Allstar Heating & Air Conditioning to save the day. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 805-688-4018 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable, or schedule an appointment with us online.