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Fend Off Fall Humidity: Boost Your Indoor Air Quality

You rely on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help advance your indoor air quality. Controlling the humidity in your living space is one of the ways your AC helps your indoor air quality. A lot of the time, as fall starts, you’ll notice the humidity in your home increasing as you’re using your air conditioner less often. 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 greatest comfort and health.

Too Much Humidity

In between seasons, you may notice a rise in humidity in your home when you’re operating your AC less regularly. While you’ll positively 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 multiply in humid environments.

Not Enough Humidity

Once the weather actually happens to cool down, the air will get increasingly drier. This can also impact 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 feeling under the weather.

Your health isn’t the only thing that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be damaged also. 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 O'Brien Heating & Air Conditioning to help. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 610-257-7035 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable, or schedule an appointment with us online.