Dry air is one of those seasonal annoyances that we just have to put up with. At least, that’s what we tell ourselves year after year. But the truth is that a one-time investment in a whole-house humidifier can eliminate dry air in your home for good. Plus, when you look at the effects of dry air, you might reconsider if it’s really “just an annoyance.”
What Is Too Much or Too Little Humidity?
Humidity is the presence of moisture in the air, and the way to measure it is through a ratio called relative humidity. The ratio goes from 0% to 100%, with 100% meaning the air is completely saturated with water.
For humans, our preferred level of humidity is between 30% and 60%. With humidity control products, we can get it down to the ideal: 45%-55%.
Here in Colorado Springs, CO, the weather can get very dry. Those are the times when we’d need a humidifier, to compensate for the lack of moisture in the air.
But Not Just Any Humidifier…
Most of us are familiar with humidifiers in the form of portable humidifiers. These are the plastic devices that you fill with water, set on the table, and watch as it occasionally shoots a stream of mist into the room. Sometimes they’re even shaped like penguins or elephants. But aside from looking cute and providing temporary relief, these humidifiers are not the ideal solution.
If dry air is a chronic issue for you and your family, what you need is a whole-house humidifier. There are a few key features you’ll need that aren’t available in a portable form:
- Whole-House Capabilities: Why only settle for treating one room at a time? A whole-house humidifier lets you increase air quality in the entire home. This isn’t just necessary for your health and comfort, but for your furniture and property.
- Integrated Controls in the Thermostat: Whole-house humidifiers are integrated with your HVAC system’s controls. Instead of just spraying mist periodically, it operates according to humidity and temperature levels detected by the thermostat.
- No Refills Necessary: No need to worry about refilling the humidifier in the middle of the night. Whole-house models are connected directly to your water line.
The Adverse Effects of Dry Air
If you’ve ever woke up in the morning with a dry and scratchy throat, then we don’t need to tell you about the effects of dry air on your comfort. But did you also know:
- Dry air encourages a lack of fluids and moisture in your body. That lowers your immunity and can lead to asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds.
- Low moisture can leave your eyes and skin feeling itchy.
- The body feels colder, meaning you’ll have to crank up the thermostat to feel a normal level of warmth (and that’s not energy efficient).
And it’s not just a matter of being comfortable. Dry air can also negatively affect your home and property:
- It turns your home into an ideal setting for viruses by allowing them to float freely through the air.
- Dry air can warp wood furniture, musical instruments, and paper.
- Can create static electricity, which can endanger your computer hard drives.