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Humidity, Your Heater, and Your Comfort

Humidity can be a pain to deal with in the summer season but did you know that it can also be helpful in winter? That’s right, humidity is great for keeping you comfortable during the cooler seasons of the year.

If you didn’t already know that a balanced humidity level is the best thing for your comfort, we are happy to enlighten you. We work hard to help residents in Egg Harbor Township achieve whole-home comfort, not just temperature control. That’s why we want to make sure that your indoor air quality is factored into your comfort needs too.

Why Humidity Is About Balance

So many of us are used to the idea of too much humidity being a bad thing. The truth is that you actually want a balanced humidity level indoors for the sake of your comfort.

Dry air on a cold day can be just as uncomfortable as overly humid air on a hot day. This is because moisture is great at holding heat. So while you may want less humid air during the summer, you absolutely want more airborne moisture in your home during the winter because it helps keep your home warmer for longer.

The ideal that you want in your home is a humidity level between 30 and 50%. Anything less than this will result in air that feels too dry and impacts your comfort negatively as a result.

The Symptoms of Too Little Humidity Indoors

How do you know that you have dry air in the home? Watch out for these symptoms that will let you know things are a bit too dry indoors.

  • You have wood furniture that is cracking or splitting.
  • You are battling with dry hair and nails or itchy skin.
  • There is an increase in airborne debris in the home.
  • It is harder than usual to heat up the house and also to keep it warm.
  • You or another person in the home is getting sick more often.

When you pick up on problems like these, it may mean you have air that is a little too dry in your home. Dry air can be something that creates poor indoor air quality and poor comfort

Addressing Dry Air In Your Home

So, you’ve had dry, irritated skin, your allergies are going haywire and you can’t warm the home up. You are pretty sure the issue lies with dry air in your home but how are you supposed to fix that? The most effective solution is the installation of a whole-house humidifier in Egg Harbor Township.

Whole-house dehumidifiers are placed within your ductwork where they help add some much-needed moisture to the air in your home when things get too dry. Our expert technicians can assess your indoor air quality to see if you would benefit from a humidifier and, from there, we can pair you with a great system to help optimize your home comfort.

Contact the team at Elliott-McElwee, Inc. to schedule a visit. Your comfort is our business.

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