Dry air is a common problem for many people, particularly during the winter months. The ideal humidity in your home should be around 40 to 60 percent. You can check you home's humidity level with a bit of simple science. Just fill a glass with ice water and wait three minutes to see if condensation forms on the outside of the glass. If not, your home is too dry. Fortunately, a home humidifier can improve your comfort and health in many ways.
Preventing Illness and Infection
When air is dry, your nasal passages become dry as well. Mucous membranes that would normally filter germs and bacteria out of the air are less efficient, making it easier for illness to sneak through. Additionally, a dry throat and nose makes it easier for illnesses to take hold and linger. A home humidifier can keep your mucous membranes and other natural defenses in top condition.
Supporting Healthy Skin
One of the most noticeable signs of low humidity is dry, cracked skin. A home humidifier can benefit your health by preventing dry skin, chapped lips and even irritated eyes. If you suffer from any of these troublesome problems, you’ll immediately appreciate the relief a humidifier can bring.
If you have asthma, dry air can exacerbate your condition. The causes behind this are a bit complex. When there’s moisture in the air, surface areas are slightly damper, so dust and allergens can settle and accumulate. With dry air, you’ll typically find more dust and irritants circulating. A home humidifier can solve this problem, while also adding the necessary moisture for your nasal passages to stay healthy and comfortable.
If you’re struggling with frequent colds, nasal irritation, dry skin, or other symptoms of low humidity, the solution is as simple as adding a humidifier to your home. Hartman Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. can help you choose the best system for your New Haven home to increase comfort and improve your health.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in New Haven, Indiana and surrounding Fort Wayne area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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