Did you know that Colorado has some of the driest air in the country? Because of Colorado’s elevation and distance from large bodies of water, we experience dry air year-round. However, the dry air that makes hot temperatures more manageable in the summer isn’t necessarily advantageous in the winter.
Low humidity in the winter causes dry, uncomfortable air in your home. Here are some signs that your humidity is too low.
- Dry, chapped, cracked, and itchy skin
- Dry mucous membranes (one of the reasons why colds are more common in winter)
- Static electricity in the home
- Damage to wood furniture, floors, and wallpaper
- A heating system that works harder to heat your home
That last one might be one you’ve never heard of and should be a cause for homeowner concern.
When the air in your home is dry, it makes your house feel like it’s much cooler than it actually is. This causes you to run your heating system more, which leads to higher heating bills and a system that isn’t running as efficiently as it could.
When your home’s humidity is balanced, the benefits are twofold: it will increase the overall comfort level of your home while decreasing your heating bills and energy consumption.