You rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also rely on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Controlling the humidity in your house is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. A lot of the time, as fall nears, you’ll observe the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less repeatedly. 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 very humid, but you can also have problems in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is preferred for your highest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
In between seasons, you may see a growth in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less regularly. While you’ll absolutely notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring more serious problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more recurrent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that thrive in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather actually starts cooling 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 improve your chances of getting sick.
Your health isn’t the only victim that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be wounded 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 Contra Costa Heating & AC to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 510-343-9841 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.