Having the right amount of moisture isn’t only advantageous to your home, it is also important for your throat, skin, and your overall wellness. Exposure to inadequate humidity can dry out and inflame the mucous membrane lining your respiratory tract, increasing your risk of colds, the flu, and other infections. Also, when humidity levels are low, flu viruses thrive and spread more easily.
In addition, when a home is less humid, the air will feel cooler which means you need to turn up your furnace to get your desired heat. Low humidity is also attributed to dry skin and a higher risk of catching airborne diseases.
A whole home humidifier is a great way to combat these issues. New Berlin Heating and Air Conditioning is a heating company in Waukesha, WI that offers humidification systems designed to manage the humidity throughout your home.
What is Humidity?
Humidity refers to the presence of water vapor in the atmosphere. It is completely transparent, just like the rest of the gases in the atmosphere.
Humidity is important because it affects many properties of air, and of materials in contact with air. Water vapor is a primary agent in both weather and climate, and it is an important atmospheric greenhouse gas. Without water vapor, the Earth would be 87.8 colder.
Non-Health Effects of Humidity
If you have hardwood floors, artwork, books, or wooden furniture, inadequate humidity can cause them to lose moisture, leading to cracks and other forms of damage. Be aware that while low humidity is most common in the winter, it can also occur in dry environments or during the summer because of too much air conditioning.
In addition to the effects to your health, improper moisture can also harm your electronic devices, which are sensitive to damage by condensation. Moisture can corrode internal contacts and lower insulation resistance, which may cause short circuits.
What is a Humidifier?
A humidifier is a device that adds moisture to an individual room or an entire building. In residential applications, portable humidifiers are commonly used to add humidity to a single room, while whole home or furnace humidifiers are connected to a home’s HVAC system, providing humidity to the entire house.
Benefits of Using a Humidifier
We tend to snore harder if our sinuses and throats are dry. If anyone in your home always snores, a humidifier may help. A moist environment tends to feel warmer and more comfortable, which can give you a good night’s sleep.
If you have a cold, a sinus infection, or the flu, a humidifier will help shorten your suffering. Keeping your nasal passages and your throat moist will help you heal faster, and will reduce symptoms like coughing and sneezing.
If anyone in your home has allergies, you can enjoy all of the benefits of humidified air and reduce your allergy symptoms mainly by investing in an air humidifier geared with an anti-microbial, air-purifying filter.
When you sleep in a dry environment, you’ll probably wake up with a hoarse throat, dry nose and even a headache. Keeping the right humidity level in your room can help you sleep better and awaken more refreshed. Also, keeping a humidifier running in your bedroom will help the room feel warmer, and this can lead to improved sleep.
During winter, it is normal for people to have dry skin. This is especially true of the exposed skin of your face, lips and hands. Dry skin wrinkles and cracks more easily, and living in a parched house can cause and worsen a number of skin ailments.
Are you aware that more humidity means more warmth? Low humidity levels can reduce the feeling of warmth in the air by a good 3 to 5 degrees, so arid air, which has a 10 percent humidity at 70 degrees may feel like 65 degrees.
You can save money during the day and even more at night while you sleep by setting your thermostat at a lower temperature while running your humidifier. A humidifier is a small device that uses far less energy than your furnace.
Ask the Humidification Experts
Having the right level of moisture in your home is good for you, your, health, and your wallet. If you need more information on how a humidifier can help you, call New Berlin Heating and Air Conditioning. We work in close partnership with some of the best air quality manufacturers in the world to offer you effective and energy-efficient solutions to your home.
Call us for your New Berlin heating and air conditioning needs. You’ll be glad you did.