You rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also rely on it to help advance your indoor air quality. Managing the humidity in your house is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Many times, as fall starts, you’ll discover the humidity in your home intensifying as you’re using your air conditioner less often. 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 very humid, but you can also have complications in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is optimal for your greatest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
Throughout the seasons, you may see an increase in humidity in your living space when you’re using 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 frequent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that prosper in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather truly starts cooling down, the air will get a lot drier. This can also affect 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 raise your chances of catching a cold.
Your health isn’t the only factor that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be damaged too. 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 Scott Temperature to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 785-269-0465 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.