During the winter months of the year, you’ll notice that the air outside is drier than it is during the warmer summer months. The same is true in your Henderson, NE, home. Your house’s air will be drier in the winter as well, and it can cause you to feel uncomfortable. Here’s what you need to know about humidifiers and why they’re used with heating systems instead of cooling systems.
How Relative Humidity Works
Colder air can’t hold as much moisture as warmer air. When the air temperature in your house or outdoors is cooler, the air becomes drier. On a sub-freezing day, the relative humidity can be less than 20%. This can happen in your home, even if your heating system is set to 65 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
Why Low Humidity Is a Problem
Low indoor humidity dries out your skin. Your mucous membranes may also dry out and become inflamed, irritated, or cracked. Those cracks allow bacteria and viruses to get into your body. Your wood flooring, furniture, or trim may crack in extremely dry conditions, too. Dry air also promotes the proliferation of viruses and bacteria in households.
What Humidifiers Do
During the winter, running a humidifier with your heating system increases the relative humidity level of your residence. An ideal indoor humidity level is 30% to 50%. A whole-home humidifier ensures that all the air in your house is filtered and humidified to the right level. You’ll also feel warmer without having to raise the temperature on the thermostat.
Kayl Heating & Air, Inc. is a trusted provider of humidifiers in Henderson and the surrounding area. Homeowners also count on us for reliable heating and cooling maintenance plans, repairs, replacement, and installation. Our duct cleaning services can improve your home’s air quality. If you’re a local business owner, you can also count on us for commercial heating, ventilation, and air conditioning services. To learn more about humidifiers and how they could increase your comfort during the wintertime, get in touch with us at Kayl Heating & Air, Inc. today.