You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also rely 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. Often times, as fall nears, you’ll discover the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. 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 highest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
In between seasons, you may notice a growth in humidity in your living space when you’re using your AC less frequently. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring even bigger 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 really begins to cool down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also impact your health. Without some 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 feeling under the weather.
Your health isn’t the only victim that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be wounded 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 Service Max Heating & Air Conditioning to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 360-255-5857 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.