You rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Maintaining the humidity in your living space is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Many times, as fall begins, you’ll observe the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less repeatedly. This can cause more problems for you than just discomfort. It could hinder your indoor air quality.
Perfecting the humidity inside your home is a balancing act. You don’t want it to be very humid, but you can also have problems in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is optimal for your greatest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
Throughout the seasons, you may see a growth in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less frequently. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring more serious problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more regular attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that prosper in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually begins to cool down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also impact your health. Without enough moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get very dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will raise your chances of feeling under the weather.
Your health isn’t the only thing 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 depend on Farris Heating & Air to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 918-333-0376 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.