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Can Central Heating Dry Out Indoor Air?

As a homeowner, you want to do everything possible to keep your family safe and healthy. But many people forget about the quality of the air that they breathe every day inside their homes. Understanding how to set your central heating system is vital to avoid health risks.

Dry Air Issues

When your centralized heating system heats the air, it will start to dry out. Due to the natural combustion process of most heating systems, most of the water vapor is burnt out of the air. This reduction in moisture, combined with cold, dry air seeping in, can lead to dry air indoors.

Dry air can be irritating for people with health conditions like COPD and asthma. You can combat these dry air issues by running an indoor humidifier. Be sure to keep your relative indoor humidity level between 30 and 40%. Anything higher, and you'll be dealing with issues like mold spores and growth.

Harmful Airborne Debris

With a forced-air heating system, you're going to be dealing with air always in circulation. This air can carry harmful airborne toxins, like dust, pet dander, and other debris. When you inhale these toxins, they can flare up allergy symptoms and other medical issues.

You can reduce airborne toxins by replacing the air filter on your HVAC system often. Experts recommend replacing it at least once every two to three months. Additionally, consider having your ductwork cleaned and sealed every three to five years. This will remove any airborne debris that gets stuck inside your ducting. It also helps to prevent dust and other debris from entering your ducting through leaks and gaps.

Setting Optimal Temperatures

Choosing optimal temperatures can help reduce dry air and make your home comfortable. The ideal indoor temperature setting is 69.8 degrees Fahrenheit. If you have zone heating, consider setting your bedrooms down to 62.4 degrees. This will allow you to sleep better and will go a long way in keeping your energy bills lower this winter season.

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If you want help with your home heating system and enhancing your indoor air quality, then it's time to give us a call. Let our HVAC professionals help you with all your home heating and air quality needs this winter.