Humidifiers Help Improve Indoor Air Quality

humidifiersIf you want to do all you can to improve the indoor air quality in your home, it’s time to consider installing a humidifier. Humidifiers do more than just remove that electric shock from carpeting and static cling from your clothes. Humidifiers actually improve your health and the quality of indoor air, making them a wise investment, especially during the dry winter months.

How Humidifiers Improve Indoor Air Quality

Humidifiers improve indoor air quality by adding moisture to it. Air that’s too dry irritates the airway and can make it easier for you to catch germs in your home. Dry airways and nasal passages also make problems like allergies worse. This is why winter is considered a time when more people get sick than summer and spring, because homes have drier air due to the use of indoor heating.

Properly humidified air also makes your home and its surfaces safer. Hardwood floors, for example, need moist air or they can contract and lose vital moisture, which can shorten the life of your floors. Wood furniture can warp and crack. Wallpaper may start to peel if your indoor air is too dry. Even house plants will suffer if you don’t properly moisten the air.

Humidifiers Help You Save Money

Installing a humidifier will not only improve indoor air quality, but it will also help you save money. Most families are able to lower thermostat setting on when the air is humid enough, because the humidity helps you feel more comfortable at a lower temperature. It tricks your body into thinking that the air is actually warmer than it is. Every degree you can lower that thermostat adds up to significant energy savings.

But that’s just one benefit. You can also benefit from protecting your home. The wood and wallpaper in your home will last longer if you have proper humidity levels.

How Much Humidity Do You Need?

The answer will depend on your personal preference, but most people enjoy a humidity level of 35 to 40 percent. Humidity levels that are too high can be damaging as well and create a breeding ground for mold, so avoid going higher than 50 percent. You can purchase a small tool to measure humidity levels at your local hardware store if you are curious about what your humidity levels are.

Buying a Humidifier

If you decide that the air inside your home is too dry, it’s time to invest in a humidifier. Humidifiers come in two basic types: whole-house and portable humidifiers.

  • A whole-house humidifier is incorporated into the HVAC system. It moisturizes the air as the air is heated, so the air that’s cycled through your home remains moist and comfortable.
  • Portable units add humidity to just a small portion of the home. Typically they can humidify a maximum of two rooms. They plug into the wall and carry their water source with them. In order to humidify the entire home, you would need several units.

Both of these options have their benefits and their drawbacks. Whole-house humidifiers, for example, are more expensive. They need to be professionally installed in order to ensure they work properly with the HVAC system. They also need to be purchased with the right capacity to ensure proper humidity in the home. However, once they’re installed, they need minimal maintenance. They cost little to run and provide an energy efficient option for keeping the home properly humid.

Standalone units are more affordable and simple to use. Their limited capacity is one of the main drawbacks. Also, you have to keep them filled with water, unlike the whole-house units that run off of the home’s plumbing.

If you’re interested in installing a humidifier or have further questions about keeping your home comfortable with proper humidity levels, contact Wilson Bryant Air Conditioning. Our team of experienced HVAC professionals has been serving families in Macon, Gray and Eatonton since the 1960s.

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