Winter in Indiana means cold weather, snowstorms, and bitter winds outside. But inside, winter can cause problems too. In the winter, we turn the heat up in our homes to stay warm and snug. And while the temperature feels good, something else about the air feels bad. The air in our home loses moisture. The furnace sucks moisture from the air and because our homes are so tightly built for energy efficiency, not much air from outside gets in to replace this moisture.
Lack of Moisture Causes Many Problems
You may not realize it, but low humidity causes a host of problems for people living in your home. The Indoor Air Quality experts at Home Comfort have put together this checklist to see if you recognize any of the following symptoms:
Itchy Skin – one of the most common symptoms of low humidity is dry, itchy skin. The lack of moisture in the air affects the moisture in your skin making it dry and uncomfortable.
Chapped Lips – if your lips are chapped, it’s probably because they aren’t getting enough moisture. Lip balm will help, but the culprit is low humidity.
Bloody Noses – every normally moist part of your body is affected including your sinuses. You may find that bloody noses are becoming more common. You need more moisture in your air.
Sore Throats – breathing dry air all night can cause sore throats in the morning and make a throat that’s already sore hurt worse.
Coughs & Colds – lack of moisture can exacerbate cold and cough symptoms making them last longer and hurt more.
Static Electricity – one of the most obvious signs that your home needs more moisture is static shock. If you find yourself constantly being shocked by objects and other people, your home could use more moisture.
Gaps Between Wood Floor Boards – besides affecting the people who live in your home, low humidity can also cause other problems. The wood in your home becomes dried out as well. Wood is very sensitive to humidity changes. When the air is dry, the boards in wood floors contract causing wider spaces between planks. Any wood furniture can develop cracks and even wood molding can suffer.
Whole House Humidifiers Keep Your Home Comfortable
The ideal level of indoor humidity is between 30% and 50%. So how do you increase your humidity level? A whole house humidifier will fix the problem. Sure, you could put a portable humidifier in every room, but then you’d find yourself constantly refilling the water and changing the filters, not to mention the unsightliness. Home Comfort Experts can install a whole house humidifier on your furnace. It has its own water supply so you never have to refill it so you can set it and forget it. All you have to do is change the filter every month or two to make sure it is clean. It’s the easiest and most convenient solution to low humidity in your home.
Call Home Comfort Experts about humidifier installation and we can fill you in on whole house humidifiers, your choices, and the cost. Give us a call because, after all, comfort is our middle name.