You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help improve your indoor air quality. Managing the humidity in your house is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Often times, as fall starts, you’ll discover the humidity in your home intensifying as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more problems for you than just discomfort. It could negatively affect 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 problems 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
In between seasons, you may realize a growth in humidity in your living space when you’re running your AC less often. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, high humidity can bring more serious problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more regular attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that thrive in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually starts cooling down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also impact your health. Without a little 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 catching a cold.
Your health isn’t the only factor 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 Heartland 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 515-344-3579 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.