Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help boost your indoor air quality. It does so by keeping the humidity low. As fall rolls around and you’re utilizing your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can increase. 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 an issue. The best 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 probably 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 flourish 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 rough 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 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 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 provide 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 great. Give us a shout at 503-663-8033 and get the comfort you want.