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How to Tell If the Air in Your House Is Dry?

During the winter months, it’s common to feel as though the air in your home is dry and uncomfortable. While some discomfort may be attributed to your body adjusting to colder and drier air that comes with the change of seasons, it’s important to know when your home’s air is too dry.

In this blog post from Star Heating & Cooling, we’ll discuss some dry air symptoms to help you understand if your home’s air is too dry, as well as suggest how to raise humidity levels.

Symptoms of Dry Air

Higher Levels of Stress

Low humidity levels commonly increase stress levels in people who are exposed to dry air for extended periods of time. Additionally, many people find it harder to fall and stay asleep, further leading to increased stress levels.


Spending an extended amount of time in areas with low humidity can cause dehydration, leading to tiredness and health issues.

Chapped Skin and Lips

Your skin and lips need moisture in order to stay healthy and comfortable. In settings with dry air, the moisture on your skin and lips evaporates much more quickly, leading to chapped lips and dry skin. 


Similar to your skin and lips, the inside of your nose needs moisture. Dry air causes the tissue within your nose to dry and crack. Whenever you blow or rub your nose, the dry and cracked tissue can open, leading to a nosebleed.

Respiratory Issues

Dry air irritates the bronchial tubes. If anyone within your household suffers from asthma or allergies, or even frequently experiences the common cold, dry air can become a big issue. Dry air will likely worsen the symptoms in anyone who suffers from these conditions.

How to Combat Dry Air

The best way to add moisture to a home is with the addition of a whole-house humidifier. These systems are installed directly to the home’s HVAC system, so you won’t have to worry about certain areas of your home experiencing different levels of humidity. The air conditioning and heating system will deliver humidified air to your entire home to balance the humidity level.

While portable humidifiers can help to improve the humidity levels of certain areas of the home, you would need to put a portable humidifier in each room to receive the same results produced by a whole-house humidifier. A whole-house humidifier will provide the best results to combat dry indoor air.

Contact Star Heating & Cooling for Humidifier Installation

Contact Star if your home is experiencing humidity issues. Our professionals have years of experience and know how to properly provide a home with the perfect level of humidity. To learn more about whole-house humidifiers, or to schedule an appointment for installation, get in touch with us today.