It’s a well-known fact that the humidity outside is much lower during the winter in St. Louis than any other time of the year. But did you know that using your furnace actually makes your indoor humidity even lower than outside?
Such low humidity levels result in very dry indoor air, which can have a number of negative effects on your health and your home. That’s why it’s so beneficial to use humidifiers to add moisture to the air. Whether you choose to use a portable or a whole house version (which we recommend), humidifiers can increase the comfort levels in your home in all kinds of ways. Here are just a few:
- Alleviate physical discomfort. Chapped lips. Dry and itchy skin. Nose bleeds. Dry throat. These are all physical effects that low humidity can have on your body. A humidifier will add moisture to your air and your skin, which will help you avoid these types of physical discomfort.
- Sooth illnesses. If you have asthma, a cold or flu, low humidity and dry air will make your symptoms much worse. The same goes for skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. A humidifier will help keep you healthy and recover more quickly from these types of illnesses and conditions.
- Avoid static shocks. What’s worse than getting a static shock every time you reach for a door knob or a light switch? The truth is dry air is one of the main culprits for causing those annoying shocks. A humidifier will add the moisture needed to keep them to a minimum.
- Keep your home in good condition. When the air is too dry, it can cause wallpaper to peel, paint to crack and wood to shrink and warp. You can imagine what that might do to your walls, floors and furniture. By raising the humidity levels in your home, you won’t have to worry about unnecessary repairs around the house.
- Save energy. You know when the weatherman gives the actual temperature outside and follows that by what it “feels like?” The same is true inside your home. When the humidity is low, you actually feel colder than when the humidity is higher. By using a humidifier, you can run your furnace at a lower temperature while remaining comfy and warm.
To learn about all the humidifier benefits, or if you would like a humidifier installed on your heating system, contact Jerry Kelly, your St. Louis area heating and cooling company.