Your indoor air quality is closely linked to the level of moisture in the air. Maintaining a balance of moisture ensures your family stays happy and healthy throughout all seasons.
When winter rolls around and the temperatures start dropping, the moisture, or humidity levels, in the air tends to drop right along with it. Because cold air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air, you will probably start noticing some of the downsides associated with low humidity during the cooler months. Ideally, you want your home’s humidity to stay in the optimal 30-50% range year-round.
A humidifier can help raise the humidity levels in your home so it stays in that optimal range. Best of all, there are many benefits of using humidifiers in your home.
Protect Your Home and Furnishings
Using a humidifier is beneficial for preserving the look and longevity of your wood floors and wood furniture. When humidity levels fluctuate, wood will expand and contract along with it. In drier times, you’ll notice that wood doors might not fit as snugly, your molding might start showing cracks, and your wood floors might split and separate.
Another benefit of using a humidifier is that any houseplants you have will flourish regardless of the season. Just like a greenhouse, a humidifier will ensure that the humidity levels are high enough that your plants can thrive.
Help Keep You Comfortable and Healthy
When humidity levels drop, you may start experiencing side effects like chapped lips, dry skin, irritated eyes, and dry scalp and hair.
For many, one of the primary ways to use humidifiers is to help reduce and remedy those bothersome effects, and they come with the added benefit of potentially soothing health issues like allergies and asthma. When the moisture levels are stable, you will probably start to see a difference in symptoms such as:
- Nasal irritation
- Scratchy throat
- Sinus headaches
Additionally, the winter season is the time of the year when viruses and bacteria are rampant and airborne illnesses are spreading. Having higher humidity levels can actually keep your family healthy and prevent you from catching cold and flu germs. This is because higher moisture levels help keep the germs from reaching and infecting you — instead, they attach to the water vapors and fall out of the air.
Save Money and Energy
Adding a humidifier to your home can also help you save money by lowering your heating bills. When your humidity levels are higher, you naturally feel much warmer. This keeps you from cranking up your thermostat all winter long.
Your lower thermostat usage means you will be saving energy too.
Need Help Choosing or Installing a Humidifier?
OASIS Heating, A/C & Refrigeration Inc. can help guide you when selecting the best humidifier for your needs and home. You can also enjoy everything from us checking and cleaning your humidifier to oiling the motor as part of our maintenance service plan.
Whether you want to install a whole-home humidifier or need your humidifier repaired, we can help you experience higher indoor air quality through moisture control solutions.