The low temperatures common in Michigan’s winters lead to dry air both outdoors and in. That dry air saps moisture from your body, causing dry skin and other complaints. A humidifier counteracts this effect to keep you more comfortable and healthier all winter.
Cold air holds less moisture and the cold, dry winter air outside affects your indoor air, too. This often happens due to leaks around your windows and doors that let in outdoor air. Leaky ducts also contribute to dry indoor air. In addition, forced air systems dry your air and your skin as they blow warm air. When your indoor humidity falls much below 30 percent, you’re at risk for symptoms such as:
- Itchy, flaky skin
- Chapped lips
- Dry, itchy eyes
- Dry nasal passages and frequent nosebleeds
Humidifiers Keep You Healthier
A humidifier adds moisture to your home’s air, raising the humidity to a level you select. In winter, this usually means between 40 and 45 percent.
Portable models boost the humidity in a single room and need to be refilled with water and cleaned frequently. Whole-house humidifiers are installed in the supply side of the heating and cooling system’s air handler and release a mist of water into the passing air. The water comes from your home’s plumbing system, so you’ll never have to refill the humidifier. Once the air is heated and moistened, it travels through your ducts so you’ll get comfortable air in every room.
When the air throughout your home contains sufficient moisture, it will no longer draw moisture out of your skin. You’ll notice less itching and flaking, and fewer fine lines. Your lips will be less likely to chap. The additional moisture in the air will also help ease stinging dry eyes, a humidifier can help with this. You’ll breathe easier, too, because you won’t be suffering from a dry nose and throat.
If you’re tired of dry air and the discomfort it brings, contact us at Team Bob’s Heating Cooling Plumbing in the Grand Traverse County area for guidance on improving your indoor humidity and air quality.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Traverse City, Michigan and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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