You depend 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 home is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. A lot of the time, as fall nears, you’ll notice the humidity in your home increasing as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more trouble 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 super humid, but you can also have complications in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is ideal for your maximum comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
During the seasons, you may see a rise in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less regularly. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring greater problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more recurrent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that multiply in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually starts cooling down, the air will get much drier. This can also affect your health. Without a little moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get extra dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will increase your chances of getting sick.
Your health isn’t the only victim 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 rely on PWA Heating & Cooling Inc to provide a solution. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 815-410-1231 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.