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Fend Off Fall Humidity: Boost Your Indoor Air Quality

Your air conditioner not only keeps you cool, but can also help boost your indoor air quality. It does so by keeping the humidity lower. As fall arrives and you’re turning on your AC less and less, the humidity in your home can increase. Humidity causes more problems than just making you feel uncomfortable too – it also alters the quality of air in your home.

Your home’s humidity is a Goldilocks type condition – you have to get it just right. You don’t want too much humidity, but a lack of humidity is also an issue. The best humidity level for your comfort and health is between 30-50%.

Too Much Humidity

When your air conditioner isn’t working on a regular basis during those in-between seasons is when you may notice a humidity problem in your home. The first thing you’ll likely notice when your home’s humidity is too high is that you won’t be comfortable. The effects of high humidity are actually a larger deal than just being uncomfortable as there’s a chance that they could be having an effect on your health. Mold, mildew and dust mites all flourish in high humidity, and for allergy and asthma sufferers this can lead to more frequent attacks.

Not Enough Humidity

As the weather cools down, the air gets drier. Low humidity can also be rough on your health. The lack of moisture in the air causes the mucus membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities to get drier, and these are what filter out debris and bacteria. When they become dry they can also increase the chance that you get sick.

Too much or too little humidity can also wreak havoc on your home. Dry air pulls moisture from items in your home and causes cracking. However, if the humidity is too high, your furniture might swell and warp.

Lennox has a variety of whole-home humidity control products. Our products will not only keep your home comfortable, they can leave you with a healthier home environment. Our experts will work with you to address any of your home comfort needs and make your home feel great. Give us a shout at 616-669-3961 or schedule an appointment with us online and get the comfort you want.