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 comes around and you’re utilizing 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 impacts 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 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 as often during those in-between seasons is when you could notice a humidity problem in your home. The first thing you’ll likely notice when your home’s humidity is too high is that you’ll be uncomfortable. 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 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 off, 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 drier, and these are what filter out debris and bacteria. When they become dry they could also boost the chance that you get sick.
Too much or too little humidity can also wreak havoc on 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 number of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home cozy, they can offer you 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 319-229-2318 and get the comfort you deserve.