Fend Off Fall Humidity: Boost Your Indoor Air Quality08/29/2016 You count on your air conditioner to keep you cool, but you can also lean on it to help increase your indoor air quality. Managing the humidity in your home 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 often. This can cause more issues for you than just discomfort. It could hinder your indoor air quality. Perfecting the humidity inside your home is a balancing act. You don’t want it to be super humid, but you can also have problems in a home that isn’t humid enough. A humidity level between 30–50% is optimal 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 operating your AC less often. While you’ll certainly notice a decrease in your comfort level, extreme humidity can bring even bigger 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 really starts cooling 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 very dry to filter out debris and bacteria, which will increase your chances of getting sick. Your health isn’t the only victim that will suffer when your humidity levels are off. Your home can be wounded 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 rely on Ben Maines Air Conditioning, Inc. to provide a solution. Our Lennox® line includes whole-home humidity control products that will help keep you comfortable and healthier. Give us a call at 903-758-0701 to see how we can help make your home more comfortable, or schedule an appointment with us online.