Dry air can be a problem in almost any home, but it is most common in semi-arid climates and those that require forced air heating during the cooler months of the year. In fact, during the winter months, the combination of cool, outdoor air and forced furnace heat can cause your home to be drier than the Sahara Desert.
If you experience dry air in your home, it’s more than just a nuisance. Air that’s not properly humidified can have serious health and comfort implications:
- Low relative humidity can make you more susceptible to catching a cold.* And flu viruses have been linked to speedier progression and transmission in dry air.**
- The respiratory infections caused by cold and flu viruses are a leading trigger of asthma in children.† Plus, cold, dry air on its own can aggravate asthma.
- Static shock and dry, itchy skin, eyes and throat can all be traced back to air that’s not properly humidified. But that’s not all. Dry air can cause structural damage to your home and ossessions, the result of which can be quite costly. It can cause walls, woodwork and hardwood floors to crack. And those annoying static shocks? They can cause irreparable damage to your electronic equipment.
Then, there’s the impact that dry air can have on your energy bill. Dry air can actually make you feel colder at normal temperatures, causing you to overheat your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, for every degree you heat your house, you add four percent to your energy bill.
Dry indoor air is more than just an inconvenience. It’s a threat to the health and comfort of your family—as well as your budget. Thankfully, with Aprilaire, there’s something you can do to control it.
The relative humidity in the Sahara Desert is 25%, but did you know your winter household humidity might be as low as 5 – 15%? Overly dry air can cause itchy, cracked skin, dry nasal passages, annoying shocks from static electricity and cracked woodwork. Adding a Carrier humidifier will add comfort to your home and eliminate these irritating conditions for your family.
Humidity levels between 35 – 55% help you feel warmer at lower temperatures. When you add a humidifier to your home system, you’ll feel more comfortable and save on utility costs. Maintaining optimum humidity in your home can provide relief from dry nasal passages, static electricity, and dry, itchy skin. Proper humidity control is also important for minimizing the growth of bacteria, molds, viruses and dust mites…………….