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How Does Cold Weather Affect Humidity in My Home?

Contrary to popular belief, being outside in cold weather will not cause you to catch a cold. Ironically, it’s being inside during the winter that can make someone susceptible to colds and flu.

Humidty: The Hidden Enemy

How does such a thing happen? The answer is simply humidity. Cold winter air is low in humidity doe to having less moisture. When cold air slips into your warm home, the heat causes the air to expand. This significantly reduces the humidity. The air dries up and siphons moisture wherever it is, with the biggest deposit being the human body. It’s even worse in modern homes that are practically air tight. This can lead to dry, itchy skin and can make you more susceptible to colds and other infections. And that’s not even considering the damage low humidity can do to paint and furniture.

What to do About Humidity

Ideally, your home should have an indoor relative humidity between 30 and 50 percent. Your air filters must be changed regularly. Cleaning your ducts and HVAC system can improve indoor air quality. The duct system must also be checked for leaks that can cause inefficiencies in the heating system. A room humidifier is helpful, but a whole house humidifier is even better.

How We Can Help You

We at AAA Cooling and Specialists are always here to provide our customers in and surrounding Scottsdale, Arizona with the best air conditioning service we can provide. Our certified technicians will provide you a free estimate and fully explain all of your options. We are very proud to announce our A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. If you need maintenance, repair or replacement, we can provide all of those services. You can call us to schedule an appointment that works best for you at (480) 389-3019. We guarantee you will be completely satisfied with our service.