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How to Know When to Humidify Your Home

Until your home becomes so uncomfortable it’s impossible to ignore, you will likely not wonder about the humidity level in your home, or bother getting an exact reading from a professional technician. But if you’re living in a generally arid climate, the odds are good that low humidity within your home is already affecting your health in minor to major ways. So how do you know when to humidify your home?

Your Health

Here are the signs you should be alert for in yourself and your family members that indicate a humidifier may be needed within the home.

  • Regularly dry and chapped lips, eyes, and skin
  • A consistently sore throat or cough especially in the mornings
  • Worsened respiratory conditions, such as asthma and allergies

Your Furniture

Low humidity will also damage your inside furniture and décor in specific ways, adding unnecessary wear and tear.

  • Dry, cracking upholstery and wooden pieces
  • Piano (wooden) shows inexplicable cracks in the finish
  • High static electricity present in fabrics and carpet

The Winter Season

These conditions generally worsen in the winter when humidifying swamp coolers are shut off and heating units are turned on, so now would be the time to address these concerns before it becomes too uncomfortable to ignore. (Personal, portable humidifiers are also an option for people who are often on-the-go, whether in hotel rooms or in a vehicle.)

Additionally, improving your indoor air quality to have the right amounts of moisture will help to keep your energy costs down as humid air retains temperature much more than dry air, allowing you to regulate a comfortable temperature in your home with greater ease and affordability. Talk to an HVAC professional today to assess the humidity levels in your own home.

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