When people think of humidity and feeling uncomfortable, they usually think about high humidity. High humidity levels above 60% will make warm temperatures feel far less comfortable because the moisture in the air restricts the body’s ability to release heat through sweating. High humidity will also create problems from mold growth and water damage. But did you know that low humidity can also cause problems such as discomfort, damage, and health issues? While you can purchase a small portable humidifier, there are times where a home can benefit from a whole-house humidifier. How you and your home can benefit from a whole-house humidifier: • Building damage: Dry air sucks the moisture from surfaces—and that’s bad news when it comes to wood, which will begin to crack. Low humidity will cause surfaces to peel, and you don’t want valuable possessions like musical instruments and antiques to suffer damage. • Comfort: High humidity makes hot temperatures feel hotter; the reverse occurs with low humidity. With low moisture in the air, the heat leaves your body much faster, and cold temperatures feel sharper and less pleasant. A dry winter cold can be quite miserable, but a humidifier will give you a pleasant indoor moisture level that will make everyone in the house feel cozier. • Health: Dry air causes cracked skin and itchy, irritated eyes. But it can do even worse than this. Low humidity will dry up sinuses and mucus membranes, which are an important defense against the transmission of airborne illnesses like flus and the common cold. A number of dangerous viruses also thrive in dry environments. You’ll experience a reduction in common winter-time ailments thanks to a whole-house humidifier. If you would like more information about installing a whole-home humidifier, or any other home heating or air conditioning solutions, call Spencer Air Conditioning and Heating at 972-446-COOL (2665) or visit us online at www.spencerairconditioning.com.