There’s more to the cooler months of the year than trees shedding their leaves. Along with the fall and winter months also comes a significant decrease in humidity which is not unexpected. As both indoor and outdoor temperatures begin to drop, water can no longer exist as readily in the air in the form of vapor. This is the reason why cold air feels dry.
In this blog, local heat pump repair and replacement contractor Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC, shares the reasons why raising indoor humidity levels during the colder months is imperative.
Preventing damage to your home. There are several ways low humidity can damage to your home. Changing temperatures can cause certain materials to expand and contract, while wooden floorboards may bend and form gaps between planks. Also. pieces of furniture made of wood may show signs of cracking or failing at the joints. Wallpaper and drywall can separate from your home’s walls and ceilings, while items made of paper may discolor and become brittle. Boosting indoor humidity during the fall and winter helps prevent all of these issues from occurring.
Minimizing electrostatic shock. Expect static electricity to fill your household as cold indoor air becomes dry. It’s somewhat like setting off little firecrackers every time you touch a doorknob or pet your cat or dog. Furnace replacement experts recommend introducing moisture back indoors to raise humidity levels and get rid of the electrons that are collecting in the cold, dry air.
Improving everyone’s health. Making sure your home’s humidity is within an acceptable range during the colder months can also help keep you and your family healthy. Increasing water vapor in the indoor air helps lessen respiratory issues as well as keeps the eyes, nasal passages and skin moist.
How to Raise Humidity Levels During the Fall and Winter
There are several ways to increase humidity in your home in the fall and winter. Some do-it-yourself methods include installing an indoor vent kit onto the back of your dryer and placing bowls filled with water on top of the HVAC floor registers. Even something as simple as boiling water on a stove can help introduce moisture back into the indoor air. However, the simplest way to increase water vapor is to invest in a humidifier.
Tyler Heating, Air Conditioning, Refrigeration LLC is the best HVAC company for your indoor air quality needs. We offer humidifiers and other related products from top HVAC manufacturer Carrier®. Give us a call at (203) 378-4700 or fill out our contact form to request a quote.