You depend on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also bank on it to help improve your indoor air quality. Managing the humidity in your home is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Often times, as fall begins, you’ll observe the humidity in your home increasing as you’re using your air conditioner less repeatedly. This can cause more issues for you than just discomfort. It could negatively affect your indoor air quality.
Perfecting the humidity inside your home is a balancing act. You don’t want it to be too humid, but you can also have complications in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is ideal for your greatest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
Throughout the seasons, you may realize a rise in humidity in your home when you’re running your AC less regularly. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring even bigger problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more frequent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that thrive in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually 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 too dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will improve your chances of getting sick.
Your health isn’t the only factor that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be hurt also. 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 1st Choice Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 949-204-0859 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.