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Does Your House Need a Whole-House Humidifier?

If the air inside your home tends to be dry, you could be feeling the negative effects all year long. But you don’t have to live with dry air when there is a very simple solution. Whole house humidifiers in Sussex County, DE are the best way to improve your indoor air quality and add just the right amount of humidity to the air inside your home.

It’s easy to think that humidity is bad. But in balanced levels, humidity is healthy for your family. You can keep reading to learn more about the signs that you need to install a whole house humidifier and the benefits of this unique solution.

Signs of Dry Air

How do you know if your air is dry to begin with? Aside from using a hygrometer that measures humidity in the air, you can also monitor for signs that there isn’t enough moisture in the air. Examples include:

  • Sinus irritation
  • Suffering from significant allergy symptoms
  • Getting sick frequently
  • Having dry eyes and dry skin

It’s easy to think that these are seasonal problems in the spring when there is more pollen in the air and we are transitioning from cooler weather to warmer weather. But the problems we listed above don’t have to be your normal. Instead, you can invest in a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality, and along with it your quality of life.

How Does a Humidifier Work?

A humidifier helps to put some moisture back into the air to elevate humidity levels. Experts say that healthy humidity ranges between 30% and 50%. You can select a setting on your humidifier and it will help to maintain whatever humidity level you select for your home. Keep in mind that this is for a whole house model. if you want to use a smaller, portable humidifier, you can use one instead. But it is not a whole house solution and you cannot customize the humidity levels.

There are various types of whole house humidifiers, and each one works a little bit differently. Some connect to your furnace for boosting humidity since dry air is more common in the winter time. Other humidifiers are more of a standalone solution, and many use steam to add moisture to the air.

Benefits of a Humidifier

A humidifier can address all of the problems we listed above. Additionally, a humidifier can actually help your home feel more comfortable, especially in the winter. Dry air naturally feels cooler, while moist air feels warmer. Boosting the humidity levels can help your home to feel warmer without having to increase the temperature settings on the thermostat. 

This has the potential to offer some energy savings since your heater won’t have to work as hard. Plus your home will simply be more comfortable in general. You won’t feel dry or itchy or have sinus problems due to dry air. 

At Atlantic Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Inc., “We Take Pride in Your Comfort!” Call us for all your indoor air quality needs in Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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