Humidity Affects You During Winter Too


It’s not uncommon to constantly hear about heat and humidity during the spring and summer months. Everyone looks forward to the pleasant temperatures that fall ushers in — along with, of course, the lower utility bills. By the time winter arrives in Saint Peters, Missouri, you might notice that the air seems a little dry. That means that you still have to be concerned about humidity — just in a different way.

Humidity Needs to Be Just Right

During the hot months, the air often feels thick and muggy. This is typical outdoors and makes the heat even more unbearable. The same effect can be felt indoors. During the winter months, however, instead of the air holding too much moisture, the cold air can’t hold enough water vapor and feels dry. Low humidity is just as problematic as high humidity. The cold, dry air can lead to problems such as:

  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Nosebleeds
  • Drying out of furnishings
  • Problems with electrical equipment
  • Static shock

Cold and flu viruses can thrive in these conditions. In addition, your heating system will have to work harder to heat your home when the moisture level is too low. Addressing the issue of dry air will keep you from feeling the need to increase the temperature on the thermostat. Energy savings result when you can keep humidity in check.

Putting Our Experience to Work For You

Humidity should be between 30 and 50 percent. If you’re finding it difficult to control moisture levels in your home, there could be a problem with your heating system. It is likely, too, that your home needs to be winterized or properly sealed to get rid of air leaks and other problems that contribute to heat loss.

The experts at Averill Heating & Air Conditioning can inspect your HVAC system and thermal envelope to determine what factors could be contributing to your humidity problems. You can trust our NATE certified technicians to restore heating efficiency and comfort in your home. Call us today at 314-328-0437 to speak with a member of our team.

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