Humidity tends to have a bad reputation because it can make hot days feel insufferable during the summer. Not all homes’ HVAC systems have a form of built-in humidity control, so many consumers turn to portable dehumidifiers to make their houses less muggy when the humidity gets too high.

But what about when humidity gets too low? Many people do not know this, but when temperatures drop in the winter, the moisture gets sucked right out of the air. And heating systems can make this worse because they cause the air to absorb any form of moisture they can.

Often times, this moisture is taken from your body and surfaces in your home. Low humidity in the winter is responsible for dry skin, throats, and mouths. If the humidity in your home is too low, you may begin to experience symptoms such as a sore throat, nosebleeds, irritated sinuses and itchy eyes. In addition, you will also notice an increase of static electricity around the house and – in extreme cases – the splitting of wood floors and chipping of paint.

If any of these conditions apply to you, there are steps you can take to raise the humidity levels in your home. A cheap, quick fix is buying a portable humidifier. These can be purchased for under $50 and offer immediate relief for dry rooms. They are great for small areas, but to control the humidity throughout your entire house, it may be best to invest in a whole-home humidifier. These connect directly to your existing home heating system and can control the humidity levels throughout the entire home.

If your Connecticut home is uncomfortable this winter, Santa Energy may be able to help. To learn about our heating services, call 800-937-2682 or visit our website.

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