As anyone who has lived here for a significant period is well aware, the state of Utah is known for its desert qualities, namely dry air. Humidity levels are generally fairly low in Utah, and this can have an impact on everything from your home’s air quality to the impact dry air has on your HVAC system.
At Airtime Heating & Cooling, we offer a wide range of HVAC services, from new furnace and air conditioner products to several indoor air quality solutions, including humidity-related areas. How does dry air impact your HVAC system, particularly on the severe end of the spectrum? Today’s blog will dig into this area and why you might be well-served looking into humidification solutions for your home if you’re dealing with consistently dry air.
Dry Air and Health
First and foremost, it’s important to realize that dry air is more than a nuisance for many people – in plenty of cases, it actually has a direct impact on human health. This is often the case in relatively minor areas, such as dry skin, chapped lips and related areas.
However, in some cases these risks will be even more significant. Many, especially those with previous respiratory conditions or weakened immune systems, will experience coughing, sore throats and even sometimes illness due to mucous membranes that have dried out as a result of extremely dry air.
Home and HVAC System Impact
In addition to having a potential impact on your health, dry air may also have an impact on your home. This begins with the HVAC system, which often has to use far more energy to warm the home during the cooler months – this is because warm air and humidity tend to go together, and vice versa. If your air is overly dry, you may find your winter heating bill is far higher than it should be.
In addition, there are other home areas that could be damaged due to dry air. Spit wood is a common occurrence, for instance, as is damage to electronics, chipping paint and split wallpaper due to static shock or related factors.
Luckily, we offer the “Clean Effects” system from Trane that provides a whole-house solution for several items, including humidity control. Offering the proper levels of humidity to your home not only keeps you more comfortable and healthy on a daily basis, it also improves your HVAC system’s efficiency by limiting its strain, particularly during winter months. Using a whole-home system also prevents dry air issues from cropping up in certain areas and then re-appearing in others, as the entire space is covered.
For more on dry air and its impact on your health and home, or to learn about any of our indoor air quality or other HVAC solutions, speak to the staff at Airtime Heating & Cooling today.
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