The air in your home is drier than you think


The air in your home is drier than you think.

When the weather gets cold, your home's moisture level drops. The warmer air from the furnace actually dries out the air. Did you know that physicians and other experts often recommend humidity control to prevent the damaging effects of dry air caused by low relative humidity.

Low humidity can increase your likelihood of getting colds, flu and other upper respiratory ailments. Viruses that cause colds and flu thrive in low humidity. And, according to The American Society of Otolaryngology, dry air can make people more susceptible to infection. In addition, drier air can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.

Low humidity can cause home damage. It causes walls, woodwork, and your beautiful hardwood floors to crack. Electronics can fall victim to static electric charges, requiring expensive repair or replacement.

Low humidity can cause higher energy costs. Low humidity can make you feel too cold at normal temperatures leading you to turn up the thermostat. This leads to higher energy bills.

Franklin Heating and Refrigeration, Inc., installs and services all major brands of whole-home humidifiers. Unlike messy portable units, these systems deliver the perfect amount of moisture automatically. Give our office a call to schedule a free consultation with an estimator.