Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help better your indoor air quality. It does so by keeping the humidity reduced. As fall rolls around and you’re using your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can go up. Humidity causes more problems than just making you feel uncomfortable too – it also alters the quality of air in your home.
Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks type situation – you have to get it just right. You don’t want too much humidity, but a lack of humidity is also a problem. The perfect humidity level for your comfort and health is around 30-50%.
Too Much Humidity
When your air conditioner isn’t running 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 won’t be comfortable. The effects of high humidity are actually a greater deal than just being uncomfortable as there’s a chance that they could be impacting your health. Mold, mildew and dust mites all multiply in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to an increase in attacks.
Not Enough Humidity
As the weather cools down, 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 could also raise 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 may swell and warp.
Lennox has a variety of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home cozy, they can provide you with a healthier home environment. Our experts will work with you to address any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel just right. Give us a shout at 540-369-3971 and get the comfort you have always wanted.