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 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 alters 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 problem. The ideal humidity level for your comfort and health is near 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t working regularly during those in-between seasons is when you might 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 you won’t be comfortable. The effects of high humidity are actually a larger deal than just being uncomfortable as there’s a chance that they could be impacting your health. Mold, mildew and dust mites all thrive in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to an increase in attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather cools down, 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 could also increase the chance that you get sick.
Too much or too little humidity can also wreak havoc on your home. Dry air pulls moisture from items in your home and causes cracking. However, if the humidity is too high, your furniture might swell and warp.
Lennox has a number of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home cozy, they can offer you a healthier home environment. Our experts will work with you to handle any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel fantastic. Give us a shout at 713-469-3357 and get the comfort you want.