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 living space is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. A lot of the time, as fall begins, you’ll discover the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less often. This can cause more issues 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 difficulties 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 see a growth in humidity in your living space when you’re operating your AC less regularly. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring greater problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more regular attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that multiply in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually begins to cool down, the air will get a lot 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 very dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will increase your chances of feeling under the weather.
Your health isn’t the only factor 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 depend on Franklin's Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc 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 662-281-1231 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.