It feels like this time of the year in Arizona you or your loved ones’ skin is dryer than usual, and your allergies just go crazy.
Don’t worry. It’s not your imagination. There’s a simple explanation for why it happens: dry air.
And there’s an even simpler way to solve it.
But before we get into that, let’s explain why you’re experiencing what you are, and then we’ll explain how to deal with it.
The culprit to your dry skin and agitated allergy problems is dry air.
So, what is dry air?
Dry air is when your home has low relative humidity or moisture.
Obviously, dryness is prevalent in Arizona (what else do you expect from living in a desert?).
But, the air in your home becomes even more dry and uncomfortable in the winter because cold air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air. So, although your furnace does not remove humidity, it decreases the relative humidity by heating the air.
That’s why you might feel like a dried out prune when you wake up in the morning if you leave your furnace running at night.
Also, dry air irritates your allergies because it dries up your sinuses and nasal passages, thus taking away the protective layer of mucous lining.
Here’s a comprehensive list of symptoms that point towards dry air assaulting your home:
As you can see, dry skin affects not only you and your family, but the rest of your home. So it’s better to deal with dry air before it causes any permanent damage.
So, how do you do you deal with dry air? Simple: increase the relative humidity. The question, then, is the best method of doing that.
There are a few “home remedies” to cure dry air and increase humidity. These include hanging wet laundry clothes out to dry in your home, or placing bowls full of water near a vent to release humidity into the air.
We don’t recommend these methods because there’s no way to accurately release the right amount of humidity you need. (And too much humidity can lead to even more problems, like mold growth.)
According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), your home needs to keep the humidity level between 30-60% for optimum comfort. We suggest 30% for winter and 60% for summer.
To maintain the perfect level of humidity in your home, use a whole-home humidifier.
An effective humidifier can be used year-round to increase relative humidity and therefore help you retain moisture in your body.
This means no more waking up parched or suddenly getting sick and thus missing out on work. (That is a good thing, right?)
Don’t let dry air get you down, winter or summer. Get a whole-home humidifier, and you’ll notice an obvious increase in the comfort of your home almost overnight.
Fountain Hills Air Conditioning and Heating serves Fountain Hills and the entire East Valley. For more information on any of our products (including humidifiers) and services, contact us online.