For optimum indoor air quality, the humidity level in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic. However, the humidity level in most homes falls well below that, especially this time of year.
That’s why a humidifier can be an excellent addition to your home’s climate control system. Humidifiers add much-needed water vapor to the air, helping to keep you healthy and comfortable. Adequate moisture levels also help preserve hardwood floors and wood furniture.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING A HUMIDIFIER?
In addition to improving the comfort level of your home, humidifiers can relieve many symptoms associated with low humidity levels. Here are the symptoms that you may be subject to if the air in your home is too dry:
- Dry skin
- Bloody nose
- Dry throat
- Cracked lips
- Sinus congestion
- Irritated vocal cords
- Nose irritation
- Dry cough
WHAT TYPES OF HUMIDIFIERS ARE AVAILABLE?
Portable humidifiers fall into two general classifications: warm-mist and cool-mist. These are generally freestanding units
Warm-mist: This type of humidifier provides the highest level of moisture saturation while also killing waterborne bacteria. It works best in small rooms.
Cool-mist: This humidifier uses a fan to disperse moisture, making it well-suited for larger rooms.
However, a third option consists of a central unit used in conjunction with the home’s forced-air heating and cooling system. It is installed within the ductwork and plumbed into the home’s water supply. This type of humidifier is ideal for controlling the humidity level of the entire home, but it requires a professional installation.
Bottom line: Maintaining an adequate humidity level in your home is vital to your comfort and health, especially during the arid winter months. For all of your heating needs, contact Hagerstown Heating & Cooling at (240) 366-0329.