You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also bank on it to help advance your indoor air quality. Controlling the humidity in your house is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Often times, as fall nears, you’ll notice the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less often. 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 complications in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is preferred for your highest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
Throughout the seasons, you may see an increase in humidity in your house when you’re running your AC less often. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring more serious problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more frequent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that prosper in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather truly starts cooling 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 too dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will improve your chances of feeling under the weather.
Your health isn’t the only victim that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be damaged 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 Lakeside Heating & Air 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 509-284-4265 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.