Find out if humidifiers are all they’re cracked up to be.
Looking at humidifiers for the winter heating season? Wondering how to tell if your home really needs one? Here’s what you need to know.
What Does a Humidifier Really Do and What Are the Benefits?
A humidifier adds moisture to the air by emitting water vapor, usually by blowing air over a wet surface. In the winter, the air humidity level drops dramatically. That effect is made worse by the heat we add to our homes, either through radiant heat or forced air.
The benefits of a humidifier can be felt almost immediately. You’ll notice your skin isn’t dry, your lips aren’t chapped, and your nose and sinuses feel relief. You’ll also notice the difference in how warm your house feels. Humid air holds heat better, and it feels warmer, so you won’t have to use as much heat to make your home feel comfortable.
How Can You Tell If You Need a Humidifier?
There are two ways to tell if you need a humidifier. One is by using a hygrometer to measure the relative humidity in your house. The ideal range is between 40% and 60% relative humidity. You can have an HVAC tech measure the humidity level.
The other way to tell is by how you feel. Are your sinuses tight and dry? Does your throat bother you? Do you feel like you’re constantly fighting off cold symptoms? And what about your skin? If your skin is dry, your lips are chapped, and your eyes feel dry and itchy, you would definitely benefit from a humidifier.
Don’t suffer all winter in a home with dry air. Talk to the pros at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling about the humidifiers that are right for your home.