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Too much or too little humidity contributes to a number health related problems. Whether it is drying out your sinuses, whether it is increasing the mold, bacteria or virus growth in the house. It can do a tremendous amount of different things which is going to affect your health which is why you want to regulate the humidity. For most markets here in the southwest, western United States, Northern United States, you need to add humidity back into the air, especially in the winter. Because if you are using natural gas for heating up the house the natural gas is going to actually remove humidity from the air as it burns. Which is going to make your house even dryer. Most people don’t realize this but humidifiers have to be sized for your house. That’s why you all have probably met somebody who said “Ooh the damn thing never worked, I never noticed the difference”it’s probably because it was done wrong.
You see this a lot when people go to the hardware store and they buy their own humidifier and they put it on and its only built to do a 800 square foot house and they are using it on a 4000 square foot house and they are going “hmm why doesn’t this work?”, it’s because they don’t know what they are doing.
There are three main types of humidifiers that most people think about or maybe four if you include the room humidifiers.
But the room humidifiers generally don’t put enough humidity in the house to make a difference. They may help you when you are sick and you have one right next to your bed but it cannot increase the humidity levels throughout the house. So basically for the purpose of our discussion there are three types of humidifiers and they are:
- The Bypass Humidifier : It’s one that connects to the furnace and uses the heat from the furnace in order to evaporate the water and add humidity into the house. It works very well, but the problem is that it only works when the furnace is running. So if it’s a mild day and your furnace is not running very much then the humidifier is not running enough either.
- The Powered Humidifier: This kind has it own fan and have everything connected to it can push out air as well so that it can continue to provide needed humidity even when the furnace is not running. Specially if you are using a high efficiency motor and you are letting the motor run, it can constantly keep adding the humidity in the air.
- The Steam Humidifier:If you have a medical condition or something like that, steam works out really really well. A friends son was born prematurely and the doctor warned him that he will probably have some medical conditions, he was probably going to have asthma and allergies and probably going to be sensitive to certain things. Luckily since we filtered the air the kid never had asthma and allergies but he actually developed eczema, and so his skin would dry out tremendously random times in the year and it would hurt and it would just feel terrible. So we installed a steam humidifier in his house so that the year around, no matter how hot it was, no matter how cold it was the humidity level would stay at a very specific level inside the house. Ever since then his son’s skin has never dried out, he has never had a problem. Even though he goes to school for 6 or 7 hours, the air quality inside the house is so beneficial that he has never had a problem again. Thats just one of the many example of how the right amount of humidity can affect your health.People who have moved from a dry climate, this could be a geographic move or even change of weather, a humidifier can help maintain the quality of life.
As cold temperature set in humidity levels drop.Cold air is unable to hold as much moisture as warm air. Because of this when we heat our homes the humidity levels can drop to as much as 10 percent. This is dryer than the Sahara desert and can lead to dryer skin as well as nose and throat discomfort. It can also cause static electricity and plants and furniture to dry out. Most people feel the discomfort when humidity levels drop below 25%. A comfortable humidity level should be between 40 and 60%.Humidifiers are a great solution to restore humidity to your home. A comfortable humidity level can help relieve dry air discomforts. It offers a solution to counteract the effects of dry harsh winter air by adding essential moisture to any room. Proper humidity can also remove static shocks. Comfortable humidity will also keep the throat and nasal passages hydrated which can help you breath better and sleep more comfortably. Comfortable humidity can temporarily relieve congestion and cough.It addition it protects furniture because low humidity causes wood to lose moisture and shrink.Extreme changes can cause warping and cracking. Lastly, maintaining proper humidity levels inside your home will keep your plants healthier.