Cold air isn’t the only issue affecting your comfort this winter. The dryness of the air in your Schaumburg, IL, home can also be a problem, especially when it comes to your health. Here’s what you need to know about how whole-home humidifiers can relieve uncomfortable symptoms during the winter months of the year.

How Whole-home Humidifiers Work

In the winter, the cooler air doesn’t hold as much moisture as the warmer air does in the summertime. According to the Mayo Clinic, an ideal indoor humidity level is 30% to 50%. If the air in your home has less than 30% humidity, you’re at risk of breathing problems and dry skin and sinuses. Whole-home humidifiers use hygrometers to measure the moisture content of your home’s air. They connect to your thermostat and pair with your heating system to maintain the right indoor humidity level. The whole-home humidifiers use filtered water to make steam that enters your living areas during a heating cycle.

Restore Dry Skin

Dry skin is a common winter problem. Your body loses a lot of moisture through the skin, and this can lead to inflammation, itchiness, and cracks. Cracked skin is painful and increases the risk of ulcers and wounds. Maintaining an ideal indoor humidity level reduces the evaporation of moisture from your skin, helping you feel more comfortable.

Relieve Dry Sinuses

Breathing dry air dries out your mucus membranes and sinuses. When these areas are too dry, they become inflamed and swollen. This puts you at a higher risk of colds, sinus infections, and asthma exacerbation. Adding the right amount of moisture to the air prevents these fragile membranes from drying out and lowers your chances of getting sick. Breathing the humidified air can also lessen your respiratory symptoms if you do catch a cold.

For more information about the benefits of whole-home humidifiers, take a look at Ray’s HVAC’s professional HVAC installations, or get in touch with us today for additional details.

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