Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help improve your indoor air quality. One of the ways it can do this is by keeping the humidity reduced. As fall rolls around and you’re using your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can increase. 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 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 working regularly during those in-between seasons is when you could 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 bigger 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 more frequent attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather gets cooler, 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 drier, and these are what filter out debris and bacteria. When they become dry they can 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 could swell and warp.
Lennox has a variety of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home cozy, they can provide you with a healthier home environment. Our experts 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 239-244-3439 and get the comfort you deserve.