If you feel a zap of static electricity every time you touch a lamp, fold your laundry, or brush your hair, chances are, your indoor air is too dry. Humidity can make the summer months feel unbearable, but in the winter, you may want to consider welcoming it back into your home. As the temperature lowers, air density increases and can’t retain as much water. Humidifiers put moisture back into the air so you can live comfortably in the brittle cold winter.
Avoid getting sick and heal more quickly when you do.
Dry air doesn’t just produce static electricity shock; it can aggravate respiratory problems and make the common cold even more uncomfortable. Asthma, bronchitis, and allergies can worsen in dry air, and airborne viruses travel and spread more quickly. Dry air can irritate your eyes and cause nosebleeds as your body struggles to maintain its fluids.
Moisture prevents the movement of germs after they are released into the air and decreases the time viruses survive. When you are sick, humidity can reduce coughing and sneezing and help you heal more quickly. Humidity keeps nasal passages clear, reducing snoring throughout the night so you can sleep better.
Keep your house in tiptop shape.
Humidity helps maintain the physical condition of your home so you can save money on repairs and your heating bill. Dry air damages wood and can cause your doors or wood furniture to crack. Depending on the temperature and humidity levels, wood can expand and contract, loosening joints in furniture and making wood doors hard to shut. Humidity can make the temperature feel warmer, so you can turn down the thermostat and save on heating bills.
How much humidity is too much?
Too much humidity can be unhealthy, too. If your home air is more than 50 percent humidity, mold and mildew could grow on the walls or in your ductwork. Make sure you keep the humidity level between 35 and 45 percent. Some thermostats come with a humidity sensor that automatically adjusts your home humidity.
Don’t live in a home where everything you touch sends a static electric shock through your body. Create an atmosphere where your hair obeys the laws of gravity. Heating & Cooling Two offers whole house humidifiers and humidifier filters to help you maintain optimum humidity levels in your home. Contact us for a free estimate.