To maintain good air quality, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers recommends a residential humidity level between 25 percent and 60 percent. Although many homeowners focus on combating excessive humidity, low moisture levels can create problems, too. Here’s how you can tell if the air in your Fort Myers home is too dry, and if so, what you can do to take care of the issue:

Increased Discomfort and Health Issues

A variety of health problems can stem from low moisture levels. Dry, itchy skin and chapped lips and hands are on the mild end of health irritations. More serious health effects include nosebleeds, allergies, asthma and other respiratory problems, and cold and flu infections caused by dried-out mucous membranes.

Damage to Belongings and Structure

Too much dryness in your home can damage your possessions, furniture, and flooring. Low moisture levels can ruin valuable things such as paintings, electronics, and musical instruments. Static electricity, peeling wallpaper, cracking paint, and warped woodwork are all signs that your indoor air is too dry.

Measuring Humidity Levels

You can easily test the humidity levels in your home by buying a hygrometer at your local hardware store. If you prefer a professional opinion, our experienced comfort specialists are happy to be of service.

Comfortable Solutions from Certified Heating And Cooling Inc.

One solution to lack of moisture is to place bowls of water around your home. This might not be a practical solution, however, especially if you have young children or seniors in your home. Investing in a humidifier is the most efficient way to combat dryness in your Fort Myers home. Whether it’s a portable unit for one room or a whole-house humidifier, our Trane humidifiers pay for themselves in a short amount of time.

To learn more about how good indoor air quality can improve your comfort, check out the air quality solutions we offer at Certified Heating and Cooling Inc. or call 239-205-8342.