Have you ever wondered why, if everyone is always complaining about humidity, so many people are talking about using humidifiers in their home? Or, how it is that the same people that talk about the benefits of a humidifier also talk about using a dehumidifier? Does anyone really understand what it is that we’re trying to accomplish here?
Many people are confused about humidity and their home. Today we’re going to talk about how humidity affects your home and your family in hopes of helping you understand more about when you might need a humidifier or a dehumidifier.
Humidity and Health Issues
One of the things that can make humidity complicated is the fact that if the humidity in your gets either too high or too low it can lead to problems. Air that is too dry can lead to respiratory problems, can exacerbate asthma or allergies and can irritate your skin and hair.
In contrast, air that is too humid becomes the perfect breeding ground for viruses, bacteria, mold, and allergens. To avoid any of these health issues, you’ll want to keep the humidity levels in your home between 30 and 60%.
As the weather changes, the levels of humidity also change, leading to drier air in the cold seasons and more humid air during hot seasons. Keeping your home’s humidity levels consistent no matter what the weather is like can help to keep your family healthy throughout the year.
What You Need to Know About Humidifiers
If your air is dry, especially during the winter months, it might be a good idea to use a humidifier.
You can tell that your home could benefit from a humidifier if you or your family members have dry skin, dry lips, a nagging dry cough or frequent bloody noses. If you’re concerned, it’s also a good idea to test the humidity levels in your home to make sure they’re in a safe area.
If you think that your home needs a humidifier, there are different options available. You can select a portable humidifier to place in certain rooms or a central humidifier to use throughout your home.
When is a Dehumidifier Necessary?
You can tell that your home needs a dehumidifier if the air feels damp or smells musty; if the walls are wet to the touch or have mold patches; or if you’ve had any flooding. If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to use a dehumidifier in your home.
If you have family members with allergies or respiratory issues, it’s especially important to pay attention to these indicators and to address them as soon as possible to avoid exacerbating health issues.
While it seems counterintuitive to talk about using both humidifiers and dehumidifiers, it actually makes pretty good sense when you consider the importance of keeping the humidity levels in your home constant despite seasonal changes in the air’s humidity levels. If you have any additional questions about your home, humidity, and overall air quality call Beltz Home Service Co. today!