Posted: February 24, 2016
Indoor humidity levels drop when your heating system runs more frequently to keep you warm. When cold air from the outside infiltrates your home, (often because of poor air sealing and insulation), the furnace heats this air. This in turn reduces the relative humidity of the air in your home to uncomfortable levels. (That’s why your skin feels so dry in the winter!)
Low humidity inside your home is not only uncomfortable, it can cause other problems as well. For example, air that’s too dry can make you more susceptible to colds and other illnesses. (Research has shown that certain bacteria and viruses grow better in dry environments.)
Dry air is also bad for your home, especially if you have wooden floors or a lot of wood trim.
Here’s one solution for you—install a whole-house humidifier, which will create a healthier and more comfortable environment in your home. As a bonus, when the humidity level goes up, you’ll feel warmer at a lower thermostat setting, and that means you’ll save money on your heating bill.
An even better solution is to ask us to do a Home Performance Evaluation to eliminate low huimidty levels as well as other common indoor air quality problems.
Call or email us today to request an appointment with one of our indoor air quality experts.