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Forced Hot Air Can Equal Dry Indoor Air

Many homeowners use forced-air systems like a furnace to heat their homes. These types of systems are very effective at heating quickly, but they can sometimes lend themselves to creating very dry air inside your home. While this may not seem like a huge issue, excessively low humidity can actually be quite a problem. A great solution to very dry indoor air is to add a whole home humidifier to your existing heating system, and the pros from Schaal Heating and Cooling are here to help you do it!

What’s So Bad about Low Humidity?

The EPA has determined that healthy, balanced humidity falls into a range of 30-55%. Humidity levels lower than this mean your air is excessively dry. Problems that can develop from excessively dry air are:

  • Dry skin, eyes, nose and throat
  • Poor immune system
  • Splintering of wood products, including flooring and furniture
  • Peeling/cracking/chipping of paint
  • Peeling of wallpaper
  • Excessive static charge throughout the home

How Does a Whole Home Humidifier Help?

A whole home humidifier becomes part of your heating system, acting both in concert and separately to maintain a healthy level of humidity throughout your home. You can set the percentage of humidity you want right on your thermostat (one that is equipped with a humidistat) and your humidifier will provide moisture in accordance with this setting.

There are two ways in which a humidifier can add moisture to your home’s indoor air: either via steam or a cool mist. The moisture is added to the air just before it enters your home so that it isn’t dried out by your heater. The whole home approach is far more effective than operating several small, independent humidifiers in your home.

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