Whole Home Humidifiers Can Relieve Dry Skin, Itchy Eyes, and the Perpetual Sore Throat
Living with dry air can affect more than just your chapped lips. It can lead to burning and irritate eyes, a sore throat, and itchy skin. The winter months tend to be the driest of the four seasons, especially when you have forced hot air. Perhaps you assumed that there’s not much you can do to combat these symptoms, but there is.
Keep your home to the optimal humidity level with a whole home humidifier.
How Humidity Affects Your Comfort and Health
Air naturally attempts to reach its saturation point and in doing so, it absorbs moisture from wherever it can be found. This generally means pulling moisture from your skin, plants, furniture, and anywhere else that it can be found.
If you have house plants, you’ve undoubtedly noticed that you have to water them more frequently in the winter. That’s not because you’re heating your home during those months; it’s because the air is so dry.
When your body loses moisture, throat and nasal passages become dry and skin can chafe and chap. Allergy and asthma sufferers are affected more significantly by dry conditions.
Research has shown that a humidity level of 30-60% is ideal. When your home is outside of this range, bacteria, fungi, viruses, and mites can thrive, creating a host of health problems. Maintaining optimal humidity levels in your home is essential to good health and comfort.
Maintaining the Ideal Humidity Level Can Save You Money
Having the proper humidity level in your home can often mean being more comfortable at lower temperatures. For example:
20°C at 40% relative humidity will feel the same as 23°C at 20% relative humidity.
While this may not appear to be significant, when you’re heating or cooling your home, those few degrees can mean big savings in your utility bills. Imagine saving money while being more comfortable during the winter!
You may not have considered the overall importance of maintaining a decent relative humidity level in your home, but if you have ever experienced any of the following:
- Dry nose and throat
- Itchy dry skin
- Cracking of expensive woodwork and floors
- Damage to household furnishings
- Static electricity shocks that can damage computers, VCRs and other electronic equipment
- Dry air pulls moisture from delicate membranes in your nose, throat and lungs and food doesn’t taste as good
- Sleeping becomes difficult and your mental concentration is affected
… then you know what happens without enough humidity in the air. A whole home humidifier is a great addition to any home in any climate.
Do You Think Portable Humidifiers Are the Solution?
Maybe you have one or two portable humidifiers in your house. Maybe you think they’re actually providing some relief. The reality is that they do little to help bring up the humidity levels in your home.
- Portables (also known as tabletop or room units) only treat the air in the immediate vicinity of the unit.
- In order to be effective, you would need a different unit in each room of your home.
- Many portable units require constant care and maintenance. If that’s not done, there are numerous health hazards that they can pose to you and your family.
- Portable units tend to be noisy and obtrusive.
- The more units you use, the more money you spend on powering them.
Whole home humidifiers are the ideal solution to keep your home safe, comfortable, and at the right relative humidity levels, regardless of the time of year or weather outside.