Is Your Indoor Air Too Dry?

A guide to managing low humidity levels in your home

Let’s be honest; winters in Cleveland can be rough to live through. In addition to dealing with cold temperatures and heavy snowfall, we are also constantly battling dry air caused by low humidity levels. The colder the temperature is outside; the less amount of moisture is in the air. Which is why cold winter days feel colder than it actually is. We experience the opposite on hot humid days in the summer when the temperature feels hotter than it actually is. However, winter humidity problems can affect more than just the temperature.

Whether you realize it or not, low humidity levels in the air can cause a variety of problems for your home and family’s health. Some of the damaging effects of low humidity include:

  • Increased likelihood of getting the flu, colds, and other respiratory ailments.
  • Additional health issues such as itchy skin, dry mouth, watery eyes, sore throats, bloody nose, static shock, and other uncomfortable symptoms.
  • Damage to your home. Low humidity can cause wood floors, furniture, walls and other home elements to dry out and crack.
  • Higher energy costs because dry air feels colder than it actually is, causing you to increase the temperature on your thermostat.

The best way to prevent the air in your home from becoming too dry is with a humidifier, which can come in a variety of sizes and features for homeowners to choose from.

What is a humidifier and how does it work?

A humidifier is a device that increases humidity or moisture levels within your home. They work by emitting water vapor to help maintain proper moisture levels in the air. As humidity levels fall, your humidifier will automatically adjust the amount of water vapor it omits to maintain a comfortable level. Each household is different, so you can adjust your relative humidity levels to your liking, often at the click of a button.

Which humidifier is best for my home?

If the air in your home is too dry, it’s time to invest in a Aprilaire whole-home humidifier. These low-maintenance systems come in a variety of sizes and features, to meet your specific humidity needs. A whole-home humidifier is installed as a part of your home’s current heating and cooling system, allowing for it to automatically deliver the perfect amount of moisture into your indoor air through your current ductwork. You can control your home’s humidity levels through an app on your smartphone or through your thermostat, so your home is always comfortable no matter what the weather is like. Since 1954, Aprilaire has led the way in delivering whole-home humidity products. To learn more about Aprilaire whole-home humidifiers, give us a call!

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