Indoor Air Too Dry? Time to Humidify!

woman itching dry skin at homeWhen the winter weather rolls around and the chillier temperatures creep in, people rely on their home heating system to keep their homes toasty and comfy. If you have a forced-air heating system, such as a furnace or a centralized heat pump, you may have noticed that while the temperature of your home is comfortable, the air in your home might be drier than usual.

That’s because forced-air heating tends to dry out the indoor air, and that can cause a whole host of problems for you and your family. In this article, we’ll talk about how to identify if the air in your home is too dry – and how Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. can help. Keep reading to learn more!

5 Symptoms of Overly Dry Indoor Air

  1. Creaky Floors & Fixtures: Have you noticed your wood floors or furniture creaking? Do your doors make a groaning sound when they open and close? This is probably due to the wood drying out, which means you need better home humidification.
  2. Flaky, Itchy Skin: If you’re dealing with some seriously dry skin this winter, it can be a sure sign that the air in your home is not providing the proper moisture levels. Lotions can help, but having the right humidity level is important, too.
  3. Irritated Eyes, Nose, & Throat: Dry indoor air not only can cause your skin to become dehydrated; it can also affect your mucous membranes. Itchy, watery eyes and nose, and sore throat, can often be attributed to an overly dry environment.
  4. Excessive Static Electricity: Have you noticed laundry clinging, static shock when walking across the carpet, or flyaway hair? Static electricity is more prevalent in a dry environment, so if these symptoms are a problem in your home, the air is likely too dry.
  5. Cracking or Peeling Paint: When the air in your home is too dry, it can affect painted walls, moldings, and fixtures. Paint may crack or start to peel, causing you the expense of having to repaint. By adding moisture to your indoor air, you can help avoid that.

How can Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. help with my humidification needs?

If you think the air in your home is too dry, Stafford Mechanical can help. We can help identify if this is the case, and then assist you with the solutions you need for improved indoor air quality. We will likely suggest a central, whole-house humidifier, which is the easiest and most effective way to help raise your home’s moisture level. Using the air from your furnace and your air ducts, whole-house humidification systems send water vapor through your home – helping to eliminate the symptoms mentioned above and allowing you and your family to enjoy improved home comfort.

We only install humidifiers from the best brands in the industry, because we want you to enjoy a more comfortable home environment now and for years to come. Our technicians are fully licensed and factory trained to provide you with professional installation services completed to your total satisfaction. When you need improved home humidification, trust the professionals at Stafford Mechanical Services, Inc. to help you. You may contact us via phone at (860) 684-9485. We look forward to helping you get the humidifier you need for improved home comfort.