Why Is My House So Dry in Winter?
As temperatures drop in the Greater Cincinnati area, homeowners may notice the air in their homes becoming increasingly dry. This lack of moisture can take a toll on your overall comfort, as excessively dry air can cause a variety of issues like eye irritation, chapped lips, and even an increase in illnesses.
This is all due to the change in humidity levels that comes in winter. Luckily, with the installation of a whole-home humidifier, you can restore moisture balance to your indoor air so that you’re comfortable and healthy all season long.
Lack of Humidity
When you turn on the heat in your home, your system pulls cold air from the outside to be warmed and distributed throughout your home. This colder air tends to carry less moisture than warm air, so when this air is heated, the relative humidity changes, making the air feel significantly drier. On average, indoor humidity drops to between 20% and 25% during the winter, while the recommended percentage is closer to 40% or 50%.
Heating Doesn’t Fix It
While warm air can carry more moisture, heating your air does not add moisture back into the air. Instead, heat causes air and water molecules to expand, and since the air can hold more water than it could at a lower temperature, the relative humidity is decreased. The general rule is that the warmer the air, the more moisture it has the capacity to hold. However, this moisture has to be added back into the environment.
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The Solution to Dry Air
Consider installing a whole-home humidifier to restore moisture balance to your indoor air. These systems combat various dry-air-related issues by adding moisture into the air at the source of your HVAC system. This results in proper humidity throughout the whole home, instead of point-of-use humidifiers that may only provide relief in one specific room. With the installation of a whole-home humidifier, you’ll experience a reduction in issues including:
- Dry skin
- Dry nasal passages
- Eye irritation
- Bloody noses
- Respiratory illnesses
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Improve the overall quality of your air today with a whole-home humidifier from National Heating and Air Conditioning. With more than 90 years of experience, our NATE-certified technicians are here to provide safe and professional installation backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. We’re dedicated to your overall comfort. Call our team today to experience the National difference!
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