Proper humidity is an important factor in maintaining good indoor air quality. Humidity levels tend to drop during the winter season, causing dryness and other skin problems. Here All Climate takes a closer look at how proper indoor humidity is important to skin health.
Indoor Humidity and Your Skin
Comfortable indoor humidity varies between households, but typically runs between 35% and 50% relative to outdoor temperatures between 10 and 50 degrees. Low relative indoor humidity can be problematic to your skin, as can be seen when it begins to exhibit signs of dryness such as itching, flaking and a feeling of tightness at the joints. Later on, other symptoms can develop, such as dry, chapped lips and flare-ups of skin conditions such as eczema and acne. Dryness of the nasal passages is also common, which can lead to discomfort and nosebleeds if indoor humidity levels are not adjusted.
Controlling Relative Indoor Humidity
Controlling indoor humidity levels isn’t as simple as buying a humidifier and pumping the air full of moisture. Overly humidified indoor spaces can present their own set of problems, like triggering allergies or asthma and promoting mold and mildew growth. Condensation may form on the walls and windows, which can damage window treatments and wallpaper. A humid home also tends to feel muggy with magnified temperatures; in addition to feeling cold, it can also feel damp.
Many homeowners resort to growing indoor plants or buying standalone humidifiers to address low humidity. While these can raise humidity levels, they also make it easy to over-humidify your home. Instead, consider getting an HVAC contractor to set up a whole-home humidifier and dehumidifier. These systems give you complete control over indoor humidity levels, and include sensors and a display panel that lets you set a specific humidity level. You can also choose humidifier/dehumidifier systems that integrate with your HVAC system, complete with thermostats that allow you to control indoor humidity and temperature on one panel.
Call All Climate Heating and Air
All Climate has the necessary knowledge about indoor air quality that will ensure you enjoy a comfortable indoor environment all year round. To learn more about our services, call us today at (425) 361-0126. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. Ask us about our financing options for HVAC installation and repairs.