Humidity in your home will affect your comfort, especially during the dry winter months. Since the air in your home is always trying to reach its saturation point, it will absorb water wherever it finds it. That means it will steal moisture from the bodies of you and your family members, your pets, your furniture, and even your house plants! There are many benefits to installing a whole home humidifier, these benefits are good for your health, home, and comfort!
How Humidity Affects Your Home?
WOOD SHRINKS: Virtually everything in your home made from wood contains some moisture. As dry air sucks that moisture out, the wood shrinks and cracks. Hardwood floors separate at the seams, furniture shrinks and cracks, and doors warp and no longer fit their frames as the moisture is drawn off. STATIC SHOCK: How many times have you shuffled across the carpet, only to be rudely surprised by the crackle of static as you reach for the light switch! With the capacity to hold a static charge up to 20,000 volts, your body can also wreak havoc on home computers and other sensitive electronic devices. ENERGY COST: Humidity helps you save energy costs. Warm, humid summer air feels hotter than it actually is because of the moisture it contains. By keeping the relative humidity inside your home at an ideal level, you can turn your thermostat down a few degrees and still feel comfortable. Dialing down your thermostat just three degrees can reduce your heating bill by as much as 5%.
How Humidity Affects Your Health?
DRY AIR: Dry air in your home can make your throat feel dry, and cause or aggravate respiratory ailments. By giving up moisture to the air, your skin, throat and nasal passages dry out and crack leading to various physical discomfort. That’s why many doctors recommend furnace humidifiers for allergy and asthma sufferers. ILLNESS: The colder seasons cause people to begin having repeated attacks of winter colds. Winter is blamed for these problems, but the actual cause is dryness, which develops in the membranes of the nose, throat, and bronchial tubes. Inadequate humidification during cold weather is one of the major causes of respiratory infections. DEHYDRATION: Most of the tissue in the body is composed of water. If it loses the water, the tissue dries up. It’s elasticity goes, and with it function declines. Besides dry skin, the symptoms of dehydration include chronic joint & muscle pain, raspy throat, sore eyes and lack of mental concentration. Inadequate humidification during cold weather is one of the major causes of respiratory infections.