Dry Air makes your nose bleed and your throat feel parched.
At J & M Air Conditioning & Heating, we strive to offer the best services for your home in regards to HVAC systems. From heating maintenance, repairs and installations, we offer every service needed for a comfortable home. One area of the home that is often overlooked when considering the heating unit is humidity. Humidity determines how moist or dry the air is. In the winter time, humidity can cause the air to become very dry which can lead to health issues, though home owners have no idea that they are being affected.
As the winter begins, the heating system will begin to operate to keep your home warm. The unit will remove the moisture in the air during the process of heating which can leave the air in the home feeling dry. Dry air can affect your skin, the home and heating bills. It is important to learn how to manage the humidity of the home to have proper indoor air quality as you are heating your space.
Understanding Dry Air and Your Home
Our technicians at J & M Air Conditioning & Heating can assist you with learning more about dry air and how it can affect the home. When the air is too dry in the home, you may find your skin becomes irritated. Eyes can begin to itch, the nose can become dry, even your mouth can begin to dry out. Sore throat symptoms can occur which can lead to coughing or an uncomfortable feeling. If you or someone you love have allergies or suffer from asthma, the dry air can result in a flare-up of these respiratory issues.
The home can also be affected. We find time and time again that home owners who have dry air will see wood in the home begin to shrink and even crack. Low humidity will affect items made from paper such as books, posters or photos. The heating system of the home can also be affected. Air that is able to capture moisture will hold more heat. This means you will feel warmer. When you have low humidity, the air will feel cooler which means you will end up turning the unit up to provide more heat when essentially you would not have to if the humidity levels were correct.
Adding in Humidity
We can help you learn how to add more humidity into the home. You want to have an energy efficient space that keeps you comfortable during the cold winter months. Humidity in the home should range from 35 to 50 percent. You can add a single room humidifier into the home to add moisture into the air for specific areas or you can install a whole home humidifier to control the humidity in the entire home.
Installing a whole home humidifier will allow you to set the humidity level in the entire home. Once winter is over, the humidifier will be drained and then shut down to operate again in the winter months year after year. Our technicians can provide you with the heating maintenance needed for your HVAC system as well as for the humidifier unit if you have one installed.
We recommend installing a whole home humidifier to allow you complete control of the indoor air quality in your home. When you have the proper humidity levels in the home, you will be able to enjoy a comfortable space without the issues that can arise concerning your health and well-being. Contact our office today to learn more about the many services can provide your home or to schedule an appointment to have the air quality of your home tested.