Dry air can be a problem in the hot summer months and the cold winter season. Installing a home humidifier can help remedy many of the structural and personal problems which occur during low humidity.
Purchasing a humidifier is a great investment, especially if you find your home feels dryer at certain times throughout the year. Whether you’ve already purchased a unit, or you’re simply considering it – there are a few things you should know to get the most out of your humidifier.
A humidifier isn’t applicable to every household or environment. If used properly, however, your humidifier offers a plethora of advantages, including:
- Allergy and Sinus Relief – Those with asthma, allergies, or a predisposition to head colds often find relief with a humidifier. When the air becomes dry, it causes flare-ups of coughing and worsens pre-existing symptoms. Too much nose blowing always causes redness, but when the skin is dry, it could cause painful cracking too.
- Moisture Rich Skin and Hair – A humidifier adds moisture to the air, infusing skin and hair with nourishing liquid. Dry air has the opposite effect, increasing the chances of rough skin and brittle hair.
- Reduced Risk of Hardwood Cracking and Shrinking – Wood floors and furniture begin to shrink as they dry out. If they become too dry and shrinkage is substantial, the wood begins to crack.
- Improved Longevity of Greenery – There’s a reason plants thrive in tropical forests – the humidity levels are high. Greenery loves moisture, so using a humidifier in your home helps plants grow and flourish.
- Less Static – Dry air causes high levels of static. Static not only causes your hair to stand on end and your laundry to stick together – but it can also be a fire hazard. When static electricity levels rise, the chance for sparking also gets higher. A humidifier reduces static and the risk of combustion.
Finding Balance with Humidity
Dry air isn’t good for you, but too much humidity also causes problems. High humidity increases heat levels in the home. It can also cause dampness which in turn creates mold and mildew issues. High levels of humidity over a long period of time increases the chances of peeling paint and warping wood.
Finding the perfect balance between dry air and humid air is important for the integrity and comfort of your house and family. Therefore, it’s important to work closely with a heating and cooling service when choosing and installing the right humidifier.
Signs your Home Needs a Humidifier
So, how do you know if your home needs a humidifier? Simply look for the following signs:
- Itchy skin and scalp
- Constantly needing the furnace on
- Cold and allergy symptoms run rampant in your house
- Wood items in your home are becoming dry and brittle
- Your digital humidity gauge recommends one
The humidity levels in your home shouldn’t fall below 30%. After this dryness becomes a problem.
If you’re interested in what a humidifier could do to improve your home, contact us at Link ClimateCare. For heating and cooling needs in Lindsay and surrounding areas, we’re here to lend a hand.