You depend 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 home is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. A lot of the time, as fall starts, you’ll discover the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more problems 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 complications in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is preferred for your maximum comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
In between seasons, you may see a rise in humidity in your living space when you’re running your AC less often. While you’ll absolutely notice a decrease in your comfort level, extreme humidity can bring greater 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 take a toll on 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 improve your chances of getting sick.
Your health isn’t the only factor that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be damaged as well. 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 Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning 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 760-784-9034 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.