Because high humidity is associated with hot weather, some people assume that air conditioning systems would dry out the air. It’s actually heating systems that tend to have problems with making the air too dry in your home. Thus, humidifiers are used more in heating systems than air conditioning systems, although there are some benefits to using a humidifier with your AC system.
It’s Drier Inside in the Winter
Most homes tend to be drier in the winter than in the summer. This is especially true for residents on the western side of North Dakota because it has a semi-arid climate. The eastern side of North Dakota has a humid continental climate. Heating systems typically decrease the humidity in your home unless they are fitted with a humidifier.
Heating Systems Don’t Add Humidity to the Air
Heating your home dries out the air because warm air has a higher saturation point for water. Air becomes drier when the water molecules in the air stay the same but the warm air increases. This is why most homes need a humidifier during the winter to maintain a healthy humidity level. Whether you live on the eastern or western end of North Dakota, you could probably benefit from the use of a humidifier.
As the humidity level decreases, the air feels less warm. This means you probably have your thermostat set higher than it needs to be in order to feel comfortable. The higher setting also causes the air to dry out more.
The Negative Effects of Low Humidity
Low humidity is not merely an energy efficiency and indoor comfort issue. It increases your chance of becoming sick, especially with respiratory illnesses like the flu and a common cold. Your home’s humidity should be kept between 40% and 60% to avoid the negative effects of low humidity.
Other problems that come with low humidity are dry eyes, dry skin, sore throats, chapped lips, and cracked wood. Cass County Heating, Inc has indoor air quality experts in West Fargo, ND, and the surrounding areas to evaluate your home’s air and optimize it for good health and maintenance of the home.
Our company has been in business for over 100 years. You can trust us for quality heating and air conditioning services. We can repair, install, and tune any major brand of furnace, heat pump, and air conditioning system. In emergency situations, we’ll come at any hour and any day of the week to repair your heating or cooling system.
Contact us to discuss adding a humidifier to your heating system in West Fargo or for our other service areas.