You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also bank on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Managing 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 starts, you’ll observe the humidity in your home increasing 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 too humid, but you can also have difficulties 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
During the seasons, you may realize a rise in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less often. While you’ll positively notice a decrease in your comfort level, high humidity can bring more serious problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more recurrent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that prosper in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather truly happens to cool down, the air will get a lot drier. This can also affect your health. Without enough 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 catching a cold.
Your health isn’t the only thing 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 depend on Northern Comfort 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 507-387-6596 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.