You depend on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also rely on it to help improve your indoor air quality. Controlling the humidity in your house 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 intensifying as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more trouble 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 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 greatest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
In between seasons, you may notice an increase in humidity in your house when you’re using your AC less regularly. While you’ll absolutely notice a decrease in your comfort level, high humidity can bring greater problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more frequent 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 a lot drier. This can also affect your health. Without a little 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 raise 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 hurt 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 depend on Garoken Energy Co. 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 503-374-1934 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.