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Fend Off Fall Humidity: Boost Your Indoor Air Quality

You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Maintaining the humidity in your house is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. Many times, as fall starts, you’ll observe the humidity in your home rising as you’re using your air conditioner less repeatedly. 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

In between seasons, you may notice an increase in humidity in your home when you’re using your AC less regularly. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, extreme humidity can bring more serious 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 truly starts cooling down, the air will get much drier. This can also take a toll on your health. Without some moisture in the air, the mucous membranes in your nasal and sinus cavities can get very dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will improve 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 James Heating & A/C, Inc to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 336-853-6070 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable, or schedule an appointment with us online.