What Causes Dry Air In A Home?
Posted On: February 03, 2016
Stuck wondering why your home’s air is so dry? During the colder months of winter dry air may become more noticeable. This is because when we heat our homes in the winter the air dries out. If the outside air is 35 degrees Fahrenheit with a 60% relative humidity, heating it to 72 degrees Fahrenheit will drop the humidity to 15%!
Over dry air can be unhealthy to your family and have damaging effects on your home. Those damaging effects include:
- Viral infections
- Increased asthma and allergy problems
- Dry skin
- Gaps in molding
- Wallpaper peeling
- Shrinkage in wood furnishings
- Excessive static electricity
Investing in a humidifier is one of the best ways to add moisture to your home. At Genz-Ryan we offer a variety of whole home humidifiers that work along with your central air system to provide humidified air throughout your home.
Whole home humidifiers are installed directly to your new or existing central heating and cooling system. Humidity is introduced into your home’s air in the form of water vapor, which prevents minerals from entering the air in your home and potentially into your lungs. The humidified air is distributed via your heating and cooling system ductwork throughout your home.
A whole home humidifier provides these important key benefits to your family and home:
- Health-reducing the chance of upper respiratory problems.
- Comfort-helping to alleviate dry, itchy skin and dry nose and throat symptoms.
- Protection-helping supply the correct amount of moisture so hardwood floors and walls stay undamaged.
- Energy Savings- Dry air causes most homeowners to turn up their thermostat because they feel cold. A humidifier allows you to feel warmer at lower thermostat settings, saving you up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat according to the EPA.
For more information on how a whole home humidifier could benefit your home contact us today.