The outside in the summer season tends to be rather humid. However, the air in homes can often become too dry, as the air conditioning process dehumidifies the air as your home is cooled. While your heating system is not going to dry out the air in the same manner, you must remember too that you are already starting out with dry air in your home. When you combine that with how tightly sealed up your home, along with the constant reheating of air, it is clear to see that indoor air quality can really suffer during the winter season. If you suspect that the air in your home is too dry, you may want to run a whole-house humidifier in conjunction with your heating system.
Signs of Very Dry Air
The IAQ experts on our team can help you to determine if a whole-house humidifier is necessary in your home. Of course, you must first recognize that there is a potential problem before you’re going to call for our input. That is why you should look out for some of the more common signs that the air in your home is too dry.
One common sign of dry air is dry, itchy skin, as well as skin that is cracked and painful. This could be due to a lot of time spent outside, but if the humidity in your home is at all sub-par, it can compound the problem quite seriously. By adding more humidity into the air in your home, you can alleviate these uncomfortable symptoms.
Your skin is not the only part of your body that may dry out, though. So too may your nose, throat, and sinuses. Not only does this increase the risk of illness, as your body’s mucous membranes dry out, but you may also begin to suffer from frequent nosebleeds and sore throats.
Finally, remember that dry air can adversely affect your living space as well. Paint may chip, wallpaper may crack, wooden fixtures and floorboards may split, and annoying static shocks will become more frequent, putting sensitive electronics at risk. Using a whole-house humidifier in Washington, D.C. is a great way in which to avoid such problems.
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