If you think these things are just problems you must deal with because it’s wintertime, think again. Home Comfort Experts wants you to know that there is something you can do besides buying stock in moisturizing lotion and lip balm companies. The answer is actually a simple one – install a humidifier.
Furnaces Chase Away Moisture in the Winter
If anyone in your home suffers from dry, itchy skin, chapped lips, nose bleeds or dry coughs, the most likely culprit is the air in your home. While what’s in the air itself is fine, what it’s lacking is the problem. Because we run our furnaces all winter long to stay warm, warmer temperatures chase away moisture. And because we don’t open our windows in the winter to let moist air in, the moisture level inside our home drops. While most homes are comfortable at 30%–50% humidity, the average humidity levels in the winter drop to 15%. No wonder we run around shocking each other and scratching furiously all season!
Problems Caused by Lack of Humidity
At Home Comfort Experts, we are indoor air quality experts. We have solutions to a variety of indoor air problems including duct cleaning, electronic air filters, and UV lights that kill mold. But dry air, by far, is the worst problem in the winter months. Dry air causes many other problems you may not have even attributed to low humidity including:
- Dry, itchy skin
- Chapped lips
- Nose bleeds
- Static shock
- Sore throats
- Dry coughs
- Limp houseplants
- Aggravated allergy/asthma symptoms
- Frequent colds, flu and respiratory ailments
- Cracks and loose joints in wooden furniture
- Gaps in wood flooring and crown molding
- Loose wallpaper
- Cracks in drywall or plaster
How Whole House Humidifiers Work
Many homeowners try to add moisture by boiling water on the stove, or using portable humidifiers. While these methods are better than nothing, they are not near enough to offset the effects of your furnace. The best solution is installing a whole house humidifier. These units are attached directly to your furnace. They are equipped with their own water supply and a gauge that keeps track of the humidity level and automatically adds the right amount of moisture when needed. When your furnace runs, warm, moist air is forced through the ductwork into every room in your home. You don’t even have to think about it. Just set it and forget it. It’s convenient, effective, and affordable. Call us to find out more about installing a whole-house humidifier in your home and never suffer through another winter without moisture.