Avoid the Broken Lip Blues with Whole-Home Humidity Control
You may already know that humidity levels drop in the winter, but did you know that forced air heating makes the air feel even dryer? A furnace lowers the relative humidity (the amount of moisture the air is holding relative to the maximum amount it could hold at that temperature) in your home’s air because it raises the temperature, which is why your body feels that your home is getting dryer the warmer it gets indoors. This indoor environment often results in dry skin and hair, as well as an increased likelihood of colds and the chronic occurrence of painful, broken lips.
Even more serious is the breeding ground that low humidity provides for viruses and germs within your home, allowing them to spread very easily. Low humidity can also force your home to deteriorate: wood floors and wood furniture can weaken and crack, and painted walls can begin to peel and chip.
In addition to decreased comfort and interior home damage, low levels of humidity can also result in higher energy bills. Low humidity makes you feel colder, which in turn forces you to turn up your thermostat and make your furnace work longer and harder.
What can be done to keep your home comfortable all year long?
A1 Air Conditioning & Heating carries Aprilaire whole-home humidifiers to prevent long winters of dry, itchy skin, static shocks and the likelihood of colds and viruses. Whole-home humidifiers work in conjunction with your HVAC system and allow you to feel comfortable in your home at lower thermostat settings.
According to the EPA, every degree you lower your thermostat can save you up to 4% on your heating bill during the winter!
With a whole-home humidifier, you don’t need to worry about too much humidity either. Unlike portable units, the whole-home system monitors relative humidity levels indoors and provides the perfect level of moisture in every room.
Stay comfortable this winter and keep those broken lip blues at bay!