Lexington residents typically associate humidity with muggy summer weather. Few realize the same humidity which makes you miserable in the summer plays a big role in keeping you comfortable indoors over the winter. Learn why proper humidity is so important and what you can do to keep your home comfortable this winter.

Dry Winter Air Causes Health Problems

The winter air is naturally dry due to colder temperatures. Because it has little humidity naturally, cold air will suck moisture from anywhere it can: most notably your skin, sinuses, and throat. Lack of indoor humidity can cause a number of annoying problems throughout the winter, such as:

• Dry mouth
• Nosebleeds, caused by dry nasal passages
• Dry, cracked and itchy skin
• Chapped lips

Lack of humidity in the home can also put you at a higher risk for contracting illnesses over the winter. As cold air pulls moisture from your body, your nose can dry out, eliminating the mucus your body uses to keep out viruses and germs. With more germs and viruses going around in the winter, you’re more likely to catch the flu, a cold, or a sinus infection if you are exposed to environments with too little humidity.

Proper Humidity Levels

Humidity levels should be kept between 35 and 50 percent this winter. Achieve this balance by installing a whole home humidifier that will add much needed moisture to the air inside your home. A whole home humidifier will work with your home’s heating system to circulate moistened air throughout your living areas.

In addition to preventing dry air irritations, humid air also makes you feel warmer. Moistened air retains the heat produced by your heating equipment more efficiently than dry air. When air is properly humidified, it will not leech moisture from your skin as dry air would. Your skin’s natural moisture will retain your body heat, so you don’t have to rely on your heating system to keep you as warm.

For high-quality humidifiers paired with elite installation, contact Climate Control in Lexington today!