You rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also rely on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Managing the humidity in your home is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Often times, as fall starts, you’ll observe the humidity in your home increasing as you’re using your air conditioner less repeatedly. This can cause more trouble for you than just discomfort. It could negatively impact your indoor air quality.
Perfecting the humidity inside your home is a balancing act. You don’t want it to be too 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 maximum comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
Throughout the seasons, you may see an increase in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less frequently. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring greater 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 actually begins to cool down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also take a toll on your health. Without some 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 raise your chances of catching a cold.
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 count on Three Rivers Heating & Cooling to save the day. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 503-213-4433 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.