Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help boost your indoor air quality. One of the ways it can do this is by keeping the humidity reduced. As fall comes around and you’re utilizing your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can go up. Humidity causes more issues 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 condition – you have to get it just right. You don’t want too much humidity, but a lack of humidity is also a problem. 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 likely notice when your home’s humidity is too high is that your comfort will be inhibited. The effects of high humidity are actually a larger 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 thrive in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to an uptick in attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather cools down, the air gets drier. Low humidity can also be hard 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 may also raise 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 could swell and warp.
Lennox has a number of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home comfortable, they can provide you with a healthier home environment. Our experts will work with you to handle any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel just right. Give us a call at 256-270-1196 and get the comfort you deserve.