Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help improve your indoor air quality. One of the ways it can do this is by keeping the humidity low. As fall comes around and you’re using your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can rise. Humidity causes more problems than just making you feel uncomfortable too – it also impacts 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 an issue. The perfect humidity level for your comfort and health is between 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t running regularly during those in-between seasons is when you might 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 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 affecting your health. Mold, mildew and dust mites all thrive 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 rough on your health. The lack of moisture in the air causes the mucus membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities to get drier, and these are what filter out debris and bacteria. When they become dry they can also increase 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 comfy, they can offer you a healthier home environment. Our experts will work with you to handle any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel fantastic. Give us a ring at 309-517-7511 and get the comfort you deserve.