When the temperature outside falls and your furnace runs more, your home humidity level can drop as low as 10 percent, making you feel like you relocated to a desert! People generally are most comfortable when the relative humidity is approximately 40 percent. We need humidity for our comfort and health and too little humidity can produce difficulties for homeowners. By controlling the humidity levels in your home you’ll not only improve your comfort level but also save energy.
Low humidity causes static electricity, dry skin, lips and hair, scratchy throats and noses, and itching and chapping. Mucous membranes in nose and throat dry out, increasing your discomfort and susceptibility to colds and respiratory illness. With low humidity levels, body moisture evaporates so quickly that you feel chilled even at higher thermostat settings.
“When the humidity level is too low, the dry indoor air draws moisture from people and from the objects around them,” according to the experts at Research Products Corp., maker of Aprilaire whole house humidifiers.
A humidifier built into your heating and cooling system is the best long-term solution. The water supply is constant and it can be controlled by a humidistat mounted on your wall, properly regulating the humidity in your home. With the right amount of humidity, you’ll find that you can be comfortable at a lower thermostat setting. And that will save you money in lower utility bills.
A humidifier can bring better health, a lower utility bill, and a welcome boost of comfort from the dry winter air. Schedule an estimate today!