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Health and Financial Benefits of a Whole Home Humidifier

Updated: Jun 14, 2019

Whole home humidifiers keep humidity levels balanced throughout the entire home. Balanced humidity improves comfort, lowers HVAC system energy consumption (which lowers cost), and creates a healthier environment.

Below are some reasons why a whole home humidifier is beneficial for every home.

Relative Humidity Indoor relative humidity levels should run between 30 and 50 percent (depending on the weather conditions and certain aspects of your home). Maintaining this level cannot always be done naturally which is why a whole home humidifier is necessary. Falling below 30% humidity can often happen during the winter months when the air in our home is much drier.

What happens when the relative humidity falls below 30 percent?

Do you ever wake up in the morning with a dry nose or experience winter nose bleeds? Here’s why, low humidity causes airways in the body to dry out, becoming irritated and inflamed.

Notice that you are always “itchier” during the winter? This is because skin dries and sometimes cracks when exposed to prolonged low humidity levels. Dry air promotes the growth of some bacteria, viruses and respiratory irritants that in sensitive individuals cause conditions worse than dry skin. Adequate moisture allows the body’s immune system to defend better against indoor respiratory pollutants and irritants.

Low humidity can be bad for someone who suffers from Asthma. They may experience an increase in symptoms or asthma attacks when exposed to low humidity levels in the home.

Low humidity causes dehydration. The symptoms of dehydration (besides dry skin) include chronic joint and muscle pain, raspy throat, sore eyes and lack of mental concentration.

How does humidity AFFECT my house? In addition to negative health side effects, low indoor humidity can also take a toll on the wood in her home? Wood is sensitive to moisture – dry air pulls moisture from wooden fixtures and furniture, causing them to crack.

Low Humidity levels costs you $Money$ When air is properly humidified, the body retains warmth more efficiently due to moisture in the air. This makes it possible to feel warmer at lower temperatures and can help reduce heating energy consumption and your bills! When air is dry, the body feels colder, which leads many to turn up the thermostat and use more heating energy and increase our bills!

If you would like more information on whole home humidifiers Call 72 Degrees Comfort Company today at (515) 965-7272.

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