How Dry Heat Hurts Your Home & What To Do About It

With our desert climate, Coachella Valley residents are no strangers to dry heat. However, not many people know that dry heat can cause some serious problems for your home and family.

How Dry Air Hurts Your Health

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, ideal indoor air quality requires a humidity level between 30% and 60%. Those numbers may seem insane to you because our average humidity level is under 5%, but if the inside of your home has humidity below 30%, that dry air starts to suck the moisture out of your skin and cause a myriad of annoying health problems.

Insufficient indoor humidity is linked to:

  • Skin Rashes
  • Sinus Infections
  • Bronchitis
  • Aggravated Allergies
  • Nosebleeds
  • Frequent Colds & Flu
  • Chapped Lips
  • Eczema

Your pets are also susceptible to the harmful effects of dry air. They can experience dry skin, rashes, respiratory problems, increased dander production and even worsened dog breath!

How Dry Air Hurts Your Home

Insufficient humidity isn’t just linked to health problems; it can also impact your surroundings. In addition to uncomfortable, dry conditions, humidity below 30% can also cause:

  • Frequent Static Shocks
  • Warped Wood Floors
  • Cracks In Wood Furniture
  • Damage to Musical Instruments

How A Humidifier Can Help

As the name suggests, a whole home humidifier will eliminate dry air and increase your home’s indoor humidity to a healthy level. Installed directly in your HVAC system, your humidifier will create a fine mist that moistens your home’s air and mitigates the negative effects of our dry desert climate.

If you’re worried about your home’s humidity levels or experiencing other indoor air quality problems, call Hyde’s at  (760) 360-2202. We are your trusted local Indio area HVAC company.