A “dry heat” usually has a positive meaning. When the humidity rises along with the temperature, it makes the hot weather feel substantially worse. The extra moisture in the air creates a heat seal around the human body that restricts the body’s ability to release heat from the skin. The trapped heat makes the actual temperature feel hotter and less bearable. But if there is little moisture in the air, heat can escape from the body much faster, and so the heat doesn’t seem as bad. (Although a 110°F summer day in Mesa is still hot, no matter the humidity.)
But dry conditions are not always positive. In fact, except for some relief during hot days, extremely low humidity can cause as many problems as high humidity. In a place like Mesa, AZ, a desert city that often experiences stretches of low humidity, many homes need the protection of a whole-house humidifier to stave off potential issue.
If you would like more information about a humidifier for your home, contact Johns Refrigeration. We have specialized in comfort throughout the Valley of the Sun since 1970.
Here are a few of the problems with dry air in your home:
- Cool weather discomfort – When the temperature cools down, dry air will allow too much heat to escape from the body, making the air feel colder. It’s the reverse problem from high humidity during hot weather, and it is just as unpleasant. If you want to run your heating system as little as possible during the year, a humidifier is a big help.
- Damage to wood and painted surfaces – Dry air allows excess moisture to escape from surfaces as well, and this will cause wood and paint to crack and peel. If you have precision wooden musical instruments, low humidity can ruin them.
- Fast spread of illnesses – Low humidity causes sinus and mucus membranes to dry up, and this removes an important defense against the spread of colds, flus, and other airborne pathogens. A house with very dry air can soon become a house with many sick people.
Finding the right humidity balance for your home is crucial, and it takes the work of specialists, like those at Johns Refrigeration, to assist you with installing the ideal humidifier. Call us today if you think a humidifier will help your house.