You rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also bank on it to help advance your indoor air quality. Maintaining 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 increasing as you’re using your air conditioner less frequently. This can cause more trouble 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 complications in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is ideal for your highest comfort and health.
Too Much Humidity
In between seasons, you may see a rise in humidity in your living space when you’re using your AC less regularly. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, excessive humidity can bring greater problems. Allergy and asthma suffers can suffer more frequent attacks due to the mold, mildew and dust mites that thrive in humid environments.
Not Enough Humidity
Once the weather really happens to cool down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also impact your health. Without a little moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get too dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will raise your chances of feeling under the weather.
Your health isn’t the only thing that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be hurt too. 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 Ocean Air Conditioning and Heating to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 949-525-9119 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable.