Woman applying hand creamDoes the “Dry Air” in your home have you scratching or hacking? Every year, when the temperature falls and the heat gets turned on, we begin to experience the annoying effects of dry air or air with low humidity. Humidity is simply the amount of moisture that in the air and it is scaled from 0% to 100%

The ideal balance for humidity inside your home is between 45% and 55%… this range provides a very comfortable living climate. If the humidity level falls below or rises above this range, we begin to feel some negative effects. Below are some of the negative effects of dry air.

Weakened Immune System: Low humidity can cause the mucous membranes in our eyes, noses and sinuses to become dry making you more susceptible to colds and respiratory illnesses.

Irritation and Discomfort: We all know the misery of dry cracked skin and chapped lips. In addition, dry air is responsible for itchy eyes and throats.

Furniture: This may be one you haven’t considered but dry air can cause your wooden furniture and floors to crack and split. It is can also damage artwork and musical instruments.

So, what is the remedy? Adding moisture!
This is accomplished with a Whole Home Humidifier.

Unlike portable humidifiers that can only be used in one room at a time and require refilling a tank, a Whole Home Humidifier is installed in your Heating and Air System and is designed to treat your entire living space. There is never a need to refill a tank and because the humidifier is integrated with your thermostat it can operate automatically according to the overall humidity level inside your home. In addition, moist air will feel warmer so you may find that you are able to keep your thermostat set at a lower temperature which is an energy saver.

If you or your home are experiencing the ill effects of “Dry Air,” contact us at Horne Heating and Air Conditioning or call at (704) 393-3273. We can assess your needs and determine if a Whole Home Humidifier is the right choice for you. If so, we offer high quality products that will deliver relief from dry air and provide you the added comfort you deserve.