Low Humidity in Your Home

Humidity problems in your home
As we all know the humidity in your home can be an issue at times. You may not realize how important this is not only for your home but as well as your health. High humidity is something common during Hot Summer months and low humidity occurs during the winter months. With winter quickly approaching we thought it would be a great time to discuss low humidity and ways to prevent it. Did you know that keeping humidity in your home during the winter is important for your skin, throat and overall health? Low humidity in your home frequently causes more colds and respiratory issues. It is also very hard on your furnace & home. Your furnace or heat pump may be using a high amount of energy to run and still not provide the warmth you need in the cold, which in turn is not only hard on your unit as well as your electric bill. It can also cause damage to your furniture and walls. Below we have listed ways to tell if your home has low humidity. You can also always have a professional come out and check.
How do you know if you have low humidity?

• If humidity is normal in your home you will be able to maintain comfort at an indoor temperature between 71 – 76 degrees. If you find yourself regularly having to increase the temperature that may be a sign of low humidity.
• You could also purchase an indoor humidity monitor that is sold in most stores and it will measure the level of humidity with a percentage. It should be between 40% and 50%.
• If you want do a small test right now with what you have at home Place two or three ice cubes into a glass, add water and stir. Wait three minutes. If moisture does not form on the outside of the glass the air is to dry.
• Watch out for these common signs: Dry skin, excessive static shocks, constant dry throats, and cracking or warping of wooden furniture.

After conducting tests if you determine your home has low humidity the next question is “What to do about it?” The best solution is to get a de-humidifier for your home. Feel free to give us a call and we will give you a free consultation over the phone on recommended types & brands. We have also listed some things you can do at home to increase the humidity in your home below. As always we hope this was helpful and be sure to follow us on Facebook and check out our website to keep up with more tips and helpful information with the Heating & Air in your home.

DIY tips for low Humidity
• Place shallow trays of water in front of your windows in the sunlight this will help water vapor form in the room.
• Boiling water is a fast way to get more humidity in the air. Place a lid over the pot until it reaches the boiling point then remove the lid.
• Open your windows and spray your curtains with water. It will cause the water to evaporate increasing the humidity.
• Avoid increasing the heat instead try wearing a jacket or sweater as increasing the heat will dry your home out more.
• Place pots or other vessels with water on heating ducts and radiators. The water evaporates into the air thus helping fix dry air. Be sure to check daily and refill water.