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Heat, Humidity, and You

sick-coupleYou usually hear about humidity the most when it is appreciated the least—during summer. Not one enjoys days that are both hot and humid because it is far harder to cool down and get comfortable in that environment. That doesn’t mean humidity is your enemy though. The way that high humidity can mess with your comfort in summer is the same way that overly dry air can ruin your comfort throughout the winter season.

We want to help you stay as optimally comfortable as possible. In order to do that, we need you to know why humidity can be your ally during the coldest months of the year and how we can help you achieve the best humidity levels in your home.

Why Dry Air Is No Good

If you’ve gone through a season of high heat and humidity, chances are the notion of drier air is greeted with relief. However, the truth is that air that is too dry can be just as bad as the air that is too humid. What you want is a home humidity level that is between 30 and 50%. Less humidity than this creates an overly dry atmosphere in your home which causes problems like:

  • Poor heating comfort: Dry air is harder to keep heated.
  • Dry skin, hair, and nails: Lack of moisture leaves skin itchy, cracks nails, and increases split ends.
  • Increased chances for illness: A dry nasal membrane is prone to let in viruses or bacteria.
  • Increased spread of dust: Dust has a field day in an environment with dry air.
  • Splitting wood furniture and floors: When wood gets too dry for too long is splits or warps.

As you can see, dry air has the ability to cause some trouble. The best way to counteract this is with the use of humidifiers in Farmington.

Heat and Humidity Are Friends… In Winter

Have you been having trouble with humidity levels in your home this winter? We want to help! While humidity may be the enemy in summer, in the colder months of the year it can be a huge help to your comfort. Why? Because airborne moisture is great for holding onto heat! You can’t exactly go around your house with a giant spritzer though to tackle dry air. The best solution to poor humidity in your home is a whole-house humidifier.

Whole-house humidifiers are installed into your ductwork where they are able to provide an optimal amount of moisture to improve your home comfort. This will help ease the stress on your heater as that system won’t have nearly as big of a battle on its hands to keep your home warm. What’s more, that humidifier works automatically in conjunction with the rest of your HVAC systems so you can rest easy knowing you always have a great system backing you up when things are a little too dry.

Interested in adding a humidifier to your home? Contact Robbins Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to get started. Don’t waste your time with the run-around. Give us a call and let us do it right the first time!

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