Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help better your indoor air quality. One of the ways it can do this is by keeping the humidity low. As fall rolls around and you’re turning on 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 affects 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 ideal humidity level for your comfort and health is between 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t operating regularly during those in-between seasons is when you may 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’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 affecting your health. Mold, mildew and dust mites all flourish 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 dry, 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 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 number of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home comfy, they can provide you with a healthier home environment. Our pros will work with you to handle any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel just right. Give us a call at 319-208-3295 and get the comfort you want.