How To Breathe Easy With The Right Tools in Your Home

News  How To Breathe Easy With The Right Tools in Your Home

Sep 28, 2020

Clean air inside your home is as easy as replacing your filter. Here’s what you need to know. 

How weather affects you is one of the biggest nuisances when it comes to being outside. But did you know it can also cause you problems inside as well? The temperature and climate of your home can change the way you live and your comfort level. However, using the right tools (like a humidifier) can help keep your home the perfect level of comfort.

Why would you even need something like a humidifier in your home? Well, simply put, it is overall better for your health. To be more specific, humidifiers usually add moisture to the air to prevent dryness and irritation of the body. They can also be effective at treating dry skin, dry nose, dry throat, and chapped lips. They are also useful for minimizing symptoms related to the flu or common cold.  

Humidifiers can range from large or small devices and produce water vapor (or steam) to increase the levels of moisture in the air (i.e. Humidity). There are several different types and finding the right one that works for you is simple.

Types of Humidifiers:

  • Central Humidifiers – built into home heating and air systems and designed to humidify the entire house.
  • Ultrasonic Humidifiers – Create a cool mist with ultrasonic vibration
  • Impeller Humidifiers – Produce a cool mist with a rotating disk.
  • Evaporators – Use fan(s) to blow air through a wet wick, filter, or belt.
  • Steam Vaporizers – Use electricity to produce cool steam before leaving the machine. However, avoid these if you have kids. Hot water inside may cause burns if spilled.

So that begs the question, how do you know if you even need a humidifier to help even out your indoor climate? For starters, there are eight factors that may determine if you need to add a humidifier to your home...

  • Static Shock
  • Dry and/or itchy skin
  • Nose Bleeds
  • Chapped Lips
  • Persistent Coughs
  • Allergies
  • Gaps in Wood Flooring
  • Cracks in Wood Furniture or Mold

When creating the ideal environment for your home it’s also important to keep in mind the different types of humidity levels. The amount of humidity in the air will vary depending on the season, weather and region in which you live. Usually, you can expect higher humidity during the summer months and lower humidity during the winter. HVAC experts say inside your home, humidity levels should usually be between thirty percent and fifty percent.

There is a difference between low humidity and high humidity though. A climate that leans too far either way can cause problems:

  • Low Humidity – can cause dry skin, irritate your nasal passages, and cause dryness or itchy eyes.
  • High Humidity – can leave your home feeling stuffy and cause condensation throughout your home. This can lead to harmful bacteria and molds.
Finding the right humidity levels for your home will take some trial and error. But taking time to get it right will help prevent allergens that could cause respiratory problems and trigger asthma flare-ups. If you need help finding the right humidifier or humidity level for your home, reach out to an HVAC expert. Breathe easily knowing the perfect level of comfort for your home is not out of reach.

 

Interested in learning more about how humidity can affect your home? Listen and Learn on the 10 Minute Tips podcast where Austin and Mick discuss how humidity can take control of your home.

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