You depend on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also bank on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Maintaining the humidity in your home is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. A lot of the time, as fall begins, you’ll notice the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less repeatedly. This can cause more trouble for you than just discomfort. It could hinder your indoor air quality.
Perfecting the humidity inside your home is a balancing act. You don’t want it to be very humid, but you can also have problems in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is optimal for your greatest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
Throughout the seasons, you may see an increase in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less frequently. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, high humidity can bring greater problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more regular attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that thrive in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather really starts cooling down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also take a toll on your health. Without a little moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get extra dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will raise your chances of getting sick.
Your health isn’t the only thing that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be hurt too. High humidity can cause your furniture to swell and warp, while low humidity can cause it to dry out and crack.
You can rely on Carefree Heating and Cooling, LLC to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 513-268-5164 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.