Benefits of Humidifiers
Humidity is the amount of water vapor contained within the air. The combination of higher indoor temperatures and closed windows during the fall and winter can lower the amount of humidity and dry out the air inside your Ft. Smith home.
This dry air can wreak havoc on your respiratory system, which makes you more susceptible to colds and other infections. The lower humidity levels can also dry out your skin.
Studies recommend that humidity levels be maintained between 30 and 50 percent. A humidifier is the best way to combat dry air.
By adding moisture into the air, humidifiers help soothe a dry, irritated and itchy nose, mouth and throat as well as eyes, sinuses and nasal passages.
When the air is too dry, sinuses do not function properly, which can result in congestion or sinusitis. A humidifier helps to relieve these symptoms.
Dry air makes nosebleeds more common. A humidifier serves as a preventative measure by improving indoor air quality. It can reduce or eliminate bacteria and viruses that thrive in warm dry air. Humidifiers may also help cold, allergy and asthma sufferers breathe easier.
Remedying Dry Skin
Furnaces and other heating appliances can drop the humidity levels inside a Ft. Smith home to less than 10 percent. These low humidity levels can cause dry skin and chapped lips.
Dry air can also exacerbate skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis as well as heighten the drying effects of cosmetics and topical medications. Higher humidity levels help hydrate skin and lips.
Humidifiers reduce static electricity. Although it is humorous when static electricity causes socks to cling to shirts, it can be harmful to computers and other electronic equipment that is not properly protected.
Humidifiers also preserve the appearance of your home by slowing the peeling and cracking of paint, wallpaper and furniture. Higher moisture levels also helps indoor plants remain hydrated and thriving.
Remedying Low Humidity
An HVAC professional can install a humidifier directly onto your heating and cooling system. This whole house humidifier introduces needed moisture into the air.
The thermostat monitors and controls the humidity level within your home. In addition to its many other benefits, higher humidity levels can help you feel warmer at a lower temperature enabling you to save money on utility bills, potentially offsetting the cost of installation. Contact your heating and cooling specialist for more information on whole house humidifiers.
See what the benefits are of a humidifier in your Ft. Smith, AR home. Just call Mountain Air Cooling & Heating at (479) 782-4328 today!