Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help better your indoor air quality. It does so by keeping the humidity lower. As fall comes around and you’re turning on your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can go up. Humidity causes more concerns than just making you feel uncomfortable too – it also alters the quality of air in your home.
Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks type scenario – you have to get it just right. You don’t want too much humidity, but a lack of humidity is also a problem. The perfect humidity level for your comfort and health is near 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t working as often during those in-between seasons is when you could notice a humidity problem in your home. The first thing you’ll more than likely notice when your home’s humidity is too high is that your comfort will be inhibited. The effects of high humidity are actually a greater 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 flourish in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to more frequent attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather cools off, the air gets drier. Low humidity can also be tough on your health. The lack of moisture in the air causes the mucus membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities to get dry, and these are what filter out debris and bacteria. When they become dry they may 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 number 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 pros will work with you to take care of any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel fantastic. Give us a shout at 805-242-9638 and get the comfort you have always wanted.