Humidifiers

While it’s true that too much humidity can be a breeding ground for indoor air pollutants, the same is true for conditions with too little humidity. Dry winter air, for instance, can impact health, cost extra on energy expenses, and cause damage to your home. Using a whole house humidifier in your healthy home can improve your family’s indoor air quality and help your home feel warm and cozy.

Humidifiers Help Reduce:

  • Dust Mites
  • Allergens
  • Asthma Symptoms
  • Odors
  • Energy Costs
  • House Damage

It’s true, studies show that in environments with 23% humidity or less, 70-77% of viral influenza particles remained infectious. Once the humidity was turned up to 43%, only 14% of the virus particles remained. That’s the power of ideal humidity.

Your indoor humidity should always be set to somewhere between 30-50%. In dry climates or winter weather, you’ll want to add more humidity to keep your healthy home comfortable. This not only prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses that make us sick –it can also help moisten the air passages in our sinuses and lungs to help those with bronchitis, sinusitis and asthma.

Not only can improving your home’s humidity improve your family’s wellness, it can also help you save money during the wintertime and even prevent any damage to your home.

According U.S. News, “The air inside your home can become very dry. Moist air feels warmer and holds heat better, so a humidifier can help you feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature.

Humidity can also prevent wood from cracking, paint from chipping, and eliminate that annoying static shock that zaps you throughout the day.

Do’s & Don'ts

Do

install a whole house humidifier to relieve your home of indoor air pollutants

Many whole house humidifiers offer easy, programmable solutions via their accompanying thermostats, offering greater humidity control throughout the day

Don’t

neglect the warning signs

Static shock, cracks in the floorboards, creaky furniture, chipped paint, dry skin and sinuses, or withering houseplants could indicate your humidity is too low.

Do

aim to keep your humidity levels between 30-50% year-round

Whether you’re trying to reduce humidity in the summertime with a dehumidifier  or you’re trying to increase humidity in the wintertime with a humidifier, 30-50% is the ideal humidity range for your healthy home. If your indoor humidity is any more or less than 30-50% humidity, your indoor air quality is at risk.

Don’t

forget to clean or replace your water panel regularly

Most humidifiers come with a specialized filter –or water panel –that help create clean, breathable air in your home. Some humidifier filters are washable, while others need to be replaced entirely. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding the frequency of this cleaning or exchange to maximize the effectiveness of your humidifier.

Your airways are lined with a thin layer of fluid. When you breathe in dry air, that fluid evaporates faster than it can be replaced. Dry airways become irritated and swollen, which worsens asthma symptoms.”

Healthline.com

FINAL THOUGHTS FROM APRILAIRE

Maintain family wellness in your healthy home. Whole house humidifiers offer a great healthy home solution for those in particularly dry climates. Enjoy the benefits of improved indoor air quality as well as lower energy costs and less property damage caused by dry air.

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