We live in Iowa where humidity is something we have to accept. Mold grows when humidity is too high and mold grows when humidity is too low. Low humidity levels can cause dry skin, sore throats, and increase static electricity, making you feel uncomfortable. That’s why whole-home humidification is essential no matter what time of the year it is.
Effects of low humidity
- Low humidity dries out your skin and mucous membranes. If your home has low humidity, you will notice things like chapped lips, dry and itchy skin, and a dry sore throat when you wake up in the morning. (Low humidity also dries out plants and furniture.)
- Static electricity can increase and most people dislike getting sparked every time they touch something metallic.
- Low humidity makes it seem colder than it actually is. In the summer, high humidity makes it seem warmer than it is because sweat cannot evaporate from your body. In the winter, low humidity has the opposite effect.
Benefits of a whole-home humidifier
Lower your utility bills. One of the most important reasons for installing a whole-house humidifier is saving energy. When the air in your home is at the correct humidity level, it feels warmer than air that is too dry. A homeowner can keep their thermostat turned up several degrees throughout the winter and remain comfortable when the humidity is healthy (around 45%). According to the EPA, you can save up to 4% on your utility bill for every degree that you lower your thermostat.
Improve your overall health. One of the reasons that people get so sick in the winter is the dry air. It can affect your sinuses, lungs, and upper respiratory system, causing coughing, worsening colds, and triggering allergy symptoms. Viruses also thrive in a low-humidity setting, which can increase your chances of catching a cold or flu. Adding humidity to the air can help avoid or relieve most of those problems.
Relieve dry skin. One of the major concerns with dry, winter air is the effect it has on the skin. Dry eyes, chapped lips, nose bleeds, and a host of skin problems including itchy patches and sores can result from exposure. Dry skin is irritated by clothing and the friction generated by movement, which can exacerbate those dry patches and cause extreme inflammation and infection. Returning moisture to the air will help alleviate skin problems related to dryness.
Protect your home and furniture. Low humidity can damage the interior of your home because it will pull the moisture out of the air. All wood is hygroscopic, which means that it can gain or lose moisture based on the surrounding environment. Wood furniture, hardwood floors, wood accents, and even your home’s foundation can crack, recede, and warp without moisture. The wood frames of windows and doors can warp, making it difficult to open and close them; sometimes causing extensive damage. A whole-home humidifier can help keep the wood in your home safe.
Get better quality sleep. Your sleep can be severely compromised by the dry air. In addition to itchy skin, breathing in the dry air at night can irritate your throat and cause severe itching and coughing. Low humidity can also cause a dry respiratory system, which promotes snoring and labored breathing. Keeping your bedroom humidified will help ensure a good night’s sleep.
More advantages of a whole-home humidifier:
- Install and forget it
- Virtually no maintenance
- Keeps your entire home at even humidity
- One-time setup
- Quiet and virtually soundless
- Cost-efficient to install
- Simple to clean
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