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What Can a Humidifier Do to Increase My Indoor Air Quality?


Discover the benefits of humidifiers for your home’s indoor air quality.

Humidifiers are a great addition to your heating and cooling system for many reasons, one of which is improving your indoor air quality. It might not seem obvious how humidity and air quality are related, so read on to find out how it works.

Humidity and How You Feel

Have you ever noticed how dry the air gets in the winter? Even in a mild and often humid climate, the winter months can see a dramatic drop in humidity levels. This is especially true in our homes because we close them up to keep them warm during the cooler season.

Dry air can affect how you feel. Some of the biggest issues of low humidity in your home include a sore throat, dry nose and sinuses, dry and irritated eyes, and dry, itchy skin. Increasing the humidity can relieve all of these pesky symptoms.

Humidity and Your Health

There are a few things about dry air that you might not be aware of when it comes to your health. Dry air can exacerbate asthma and respiratory symptoms in some individuals. Dry air is also an ideal environment for many viruses. This is one of the reasons winter is considered the cold and flu season. Adding humidity to your indoor air can help keep respiratory issues as well as viruses at bay.

Humidity and Airborne Pollutants

The drier the air, the easier it is for airborne pollutants to circulate through your home. Problems such as dust, pollen, pet dander and other allergens, including mold and mildew, have an easier time floating through the air when it’s dry. Humidity will subdue these irritants and help keep them from causing allergic symptoms during the dry winter months.

Instead of suffering through the winter with all the pesky symptoms that go along with dry air, simply combat them with some humidity. To find the humidifier that’s right for your home and HVAC system, contact the experts at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling today.

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