Humidifiers can Help your Health and Home


We have all woken up on cold winter mornings with dry sinuses, scratchy eyes and with hair holding enough static charge that you could jump start a car battery. The reason this happens is lack of humidity in your home. As cooler weather takes hold, the ambient humidity drops leading to dry air everywhere. How can you fix that in your home? A humidifier, of course!

There are two main types of humidifier you can purchase for your home – furnace-mounted, whole home humidifiers or free-standing units. A furnace-mounted humidifier will give more coverage than free-standing models as a furnace-mounted unit will distribute humidity more evenly through your home. If you have a particularly dry room in your house, a small, free-standing unit can definitely be a good investment, but for wide coverage furnace-mounts are the way to go.

You don't have to keep your house as humid as a rainforest to reap the benefits of a humidifier.

You don’t have to keep your house as humid as a rainforest to reap the benefits of a humidifier. Photo by Ivan Mlinaric (Flickr)

Adding a humidifier to your home will bring some great benefits. According to the Healthy Heating educational website, the ideal average humidity in your home is between 35 and 50 per cent in the summer, a little lower during winter. Letting the humidity in your home drop below 25 per cent can lead to health problems for you and your family, so maintaining these levels is very important.

Low ambient humidity can take a very serious toll on your sinuses. The lower humidity in your home means that your nasal passages will dry out quicker and be less effective at their job – meaning you will get sick more often. Also (and forgive us if this is a little gross), when your sinuses aren’t working properly, all the gunk in your head isn’t having a chance to drain away. Without that drainage you are going to stay sicker, longer.

A humidifier can also help keep your skin healthy. If you are prone to dry skin, a humidifier can also be a huge help. If there is no water in the air then the water in our skin is more likely to evaporate, leaving your body dry and itchy. Remember, your body is going to react poorly to air with less than 25 per cent humidity, and it is not uncommon for furnace heated air to dip lower than 10 per cent. This means your skin will surely suffer.

Asthma sufferers can benefit from a bit of extra humidity in the home as well. Ambient moisture can help keep the lungs in good shape. The Mayo Clinic explains that humidifiers have been known to help ease respiratory issues for those suffering from asthma. It is recommended that you speak with your doctor first about the therapeutic effects of humidifiers and that any filters are cleaned regularly.

The extra humidity is good for the inside of your home as well. According to Livestrong.com,

“[Humidifiers] can help preserve a room’s appearance by slowing the peeling of wallpaper and preventing cracks in paint and furniture.”

They also reduce static electricity in the home which can cause issues with electronics.

These are just a few great reasons to look into a whole home humidifier. We would love to answer any questions you may have and provide helpful suggestions. Please contact us through our website, at @HoggMechanical on Twitter or via our Facebook page.

Stay comfortable this winter!

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