The wind takes dry waves of heat and tosses them,
Mingled with dust, up and down the streets…
– from “The Windmills” by John Gould Fletcher (Arizona Poems)
Countless words have been written about the fiery furnace that is the desert in Arizona. Oftentimes, you’ll hear folks claim, “But it’s a dry heat,” which makes it easier to bear. Wintertime in the Valley of the Sun can be spectacular – especially for snowbirds fleeing freezing weather from the Midwest and Northeast.
Here in Phoenix, there is one issue that comes up for many of our customers during the dryer, winter months. Constant, low humidity inside the home can lead to its own set of challenges. Air conditioners help to remove excess humidity during monsoon season in summer. However, adding moisture in the dry season is another matter. To increase the humidity in your home, you might want to consider a whole house humidifier for your HVAC system.
What Is Considered the Ideal Relative Humidity Indoors?
Phoenix already enjoys the distinction of being the hottest city in America. During the winter months, it’s also one of the driest. Relative humidity is the term used to describe how much humidity is in the air, as opposed to how much there could be. The value is expressed in percent; 0 percent means that the air is utterly and totally dry, while 100 percent humidity indicates that the air is so moist that mist is present, and dew is about to form. An ideal indoor humidity would fluctuate between 40 and 50 percent. On a human level, low humidity results in dry nasal passages, sore throats and a constant feeling of dehydration.
What Are the Advantages of a Whole House Humidifier?
Here are some of the advantages of regulating the humidity in your home:
Feeling Comfortable in Your Home All Winter
During summer, excess humidity produces a feeling of closeness and causes our bodies to warm up more quickly and perspire. Conversely, lack of humidity makes cooler winter temperatures feel colder because our body loses heat more rapidly. If you are walking around your house with the feeling that you just can’t get warm, it may be due to low humidity.
Respiratory Health and Improved
The arid desert climate dries out nasal passages, mucus membranes, can cause sore, raspy throats, dry eyes and dry skin. There’s an old wives’ tale that boiling a pot of water in the home during winter helps keep flu and colds away. Installing a whole house humidifier essentially accomplishes the same goal.
Dry Air Affects Wood, Paint and Other Surfaces in Your Home
Low humidity can impact your home negatively in a number of ways. We are aware of clients who’ve had shrinkage and cracking in their wood floors, which is a tough problem to remedy once it occurs. Painted surfaces and furniture, such as leather chairs, can also be affected adversely by low humidity.
Whether You’re Too Hot or Too Dry, Now Is the Time to Plan Ahead for 2020
Want to learn more about humidity and all things temperature related? We would be happy to schedule a winter checkup and consultation with one of our friendly, HVAC experts. We’re your go-to source for air conditioning expertise in Phoenix and throughout the Valley.