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How Dry Indoor Air Impacts Your Respiratory Health


While the winter season sees more rain and snow, it can also be a time when we encounter uncomfortably dry air. The idea of adding moisture to your home after battling it all summer may feel counterintuitive. However, adding some humidity to your house can make a positive difference in your overall comfort.

Rather than going around the house with a spray bottle, we’d like to turn your attention to the whole house humidifier. This system can be your main helper in balancing the air in your home and combating all the discomforts that overly dry air can create.

Why Dry Air Is a Problem

First things first, let’s take a moment to discuss why dry air is a problem in modern homes.

We are all familiar with the idea of wanting to reduce the humidity during the summer. This is because high heat and high moisture content in the air make it hard to cool things down.

When things cool down during the winter though, you have to deal with the opposite situation. The air dries out both inside and outside your house. Lower moisture in the air ends up making it a lot harder to keep warm. Dry air struggles to hold heat and, even indoors, this ends up leaving you cold and uncomfortable.

Dry air in your home can also lead to a lot of respiratory trouble. For starters, low humidity can increase the chances that you’ll be susceptible to illness throughout the winter. Another issue is that dry air increases the allergens present in the air which can be troublesome for anyone with respiratory illnesses.

How a Humidifier Helps

It is clear that dry air is uncomfortable during the winter. The best way to get your home’s humidity level back under control is with a whole house humidification system. This is because of the benefits of whole house humidifiers. Those benefits include:

  • Making it easier to warm your home. When the humidity level in your house is balanced, between 50-60%, it makes it a lot easier to keep things warm and comfortable. The moisture in the air keeps the warmth that your heater creates in the house, reducing the speed at which it dissipates.
  • Improving your health. Dry air can increase the risk of illness because it dries out the body’s mucous membranes, making you more susceptible to attacks from viruses or bacteria. By increasing the humidity in the house, you can keep yourself protected from illnesses much more easily.
  • Reducing damage to wooden furniture. Do you have wood floors, furniture, or other parts of the home? If so, you know that too little moisture can cause these parts of the home to split or crack. Protect the wood parts of the house by keeping the humidity level where it needs to be with a whole house system.
  • Whole house improvement. A whole house humidifier is able to add the right amount of humidity to the air throughout the entire house, not just one room. This makes it much easier to keep the majority of the house comfortable and healthy rather than just one area.

If you’ve noticed things feel too dry in your house, then it may be time to consider adding a humidifier to the house. This system can help keep your heating bills lower without taking up space in the house because it is installed within your ducts.

Call the friendly staff at Boehmer Heating & Cooling for exceptional customer service! We can help you figure out if a whole house humidifier is the best option for you. Schedule your services today.

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