Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help improve your indoor air quality. It does so by keeping the humidity lower. As fall rolls around and you’re utilizing your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can rise. Humidity causes more problems than just making you feel uncomfortable too – it also impacts the quality of air in your home.
Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks type condition – you have to get it just right. You don’t want too much humidity, but a lack of humidity is also a concern. The perfect humidity level for your comfort and health is around 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t operating on a regular basis during those in-between seasons is when you might notice a humidity problem in your home. The first thing you’ll likely notice when your home’s humidity is too high is that you’ll be uncomfortable. 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 multiply in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to an uptick in attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather cools down, 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 can also boost the chance that you get sick.
Too much or too little humidity can also cause problems 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 variety of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home comfy, they can leave you with a healthier home environment. Our experts will work with you to address any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel fantastic. Give us a shout at 803-220-0761 and get the comfort you want.