If you live in Florida, you probably want to keep indoor humidity levels as low as possible, especially during the summer. However, air that’s too dry can be as uncomfortable and unhealthy as air that’s too humid. Too little humidity can make indoor air feel dry, and it can cause symptoms and side effects you probably don’t want.
What Happens When Indoor Humidity is Too Low
A lack of humidity can dry out your nasal passages and cause them to crack and bleed. Your skin can get dry and itchy; your eyes might burn and sting. Your throat may feel dry and scratchy, and you might develop a sore throat and a hoarse voice. If you have asthma, allergies or a cold, dry air can make your symptoms worse. You could get headaches or feel sleepy, and your hair may dry out. If you have an indoor air quality system, overly-dry air can keep it from functioning properly and increase airborne contaminants. Too little humidity can also create static electricity and cause the wood in your home to warp and crack.
Why Would My Florida Home Have Too Little Humidity in Summer?
When it’s hot and humid outside, cool, conditioned indoor air can feel amazing, but the lower you set the thermostat, the dryer your air will be. If you’re experiencing symptoms, you can turn up the thermostat a few degrees; that will increase humidity somewhat, and if you’re comfortable with the higher temperature, you might experience fewer symptoms. If that doesn’t work, a whole-house humidifier can rectify the problem.
A Whole-House Humidifier Can Optimize Relative Humidity Levels
An inexpensive device available at most hardware stores called a hygrometer can be used to measure indoor relative humidity. Ideal relative humidity ranges from 40 percent to 60 percent. Relative humidity in this range minimizes the adverse effects on health caused by indoor air that’s too humid or too dry. It also helps to keep indoor air pollution at bay.
A Carrier Performance™ Steam Humidifier HUMXXSTM can optimize indoor humidity levels effectively and efficiently in your Boca Raton home all year long. To learn more about indoor air quality or to schedule indoor air quality testing, visit Mechanical Air Conditioning, a Carrier Factory Authorized Dealer, or call us directly at (561) 899-4587 for more information.