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Winter Temps and Home Humidity

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“Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air, measured as the amount or degree of moisture in the air.” (Your Dictionary)

In the Plainfield area, the great Midwest, we fight all summer to remove the humidity from our homes to keep cool. But once the cold temperatures arrive the humidity plummets.

Where Did the Humidity Go?

Cold air isn’t able to hold as much moisture as warm air can, making it more likely for moisture in your home, in your nasal passages or mouth and on your skin to quickly evaporate into the air. This makes for drier skin and a dry environment.

Why Does Low Humidity Matter?

While humid air can cause a number of problems, lack of humidity causes a host of issues as well.

Dry air makes it easier for allergens and bacteria to spread through your home. Your respiratory system is coated with fluid to protect you from airborne irritants, however dry air can thin the fluid and make it easier for your airways to become irritated or infected.

Cold temperatures combined with dry indoor air can cause:

  •  Coughing/Dry/Sore Throat.
  •  Runny nose.
  •  Flaky, itchy skin.
  •  Feeling thirsty or tired.
  •  Increased respiratory (asthma) symptoms.

Worst of all, dry air can make it easier for the flu or other viruses to spread.

Do You Need a Humidifier?

A hygrometer (purchased at any home store or online) can be used to measure the level of humidity in your home. The general recommendation for humidity is between 30 to 40%. This is the ideal level to keep your home warm in the winter.

However, the best indicator of needing a humidifier is your personal comfort. If you experience dry and itchy skin, feel tired all the time, have nosebleeds, or just feel uncomfortable in your home a humidifier may worth considering.

In addition to health problems, dry air can also cause property damage. Dry air can harm wooden furniture, hardwood flooring, or other personal items that can be ruined if they get too dried out.

How is Humidity Added to a Home?

There are several options when using a humidifier in your home. There are portable units that can be placed in specific rooms and also whole-house units that will provide moisture to all rooms in your home.

Don’t over-humidify your home, it is important to find the proper moisture balance for optimal comfort and health.

At TR Miller Now we offer several options in whole-home humidification. We can help you select the right unit and install it for you. See our home humidification products and call us for a free estimate and have optimal moisture levels this winter!