We talk a lot about indoor air quality here. Usually, when we mention air quality, people think we’re talking about pollution or contaminants in the air, and certainly, that is a big part of IAQ. But in addition to the level of dust, pollen, and other contaminants, humidity makes a big difference in your quality of life. The EPA recommends keeping your home between 30 and 50 percent humidity. If the air in your Marco Island, FL home is too dry, a humidifier can make a difference.
The Importance Of Good Humidity Levels
Put simply, having a system that sprays water vapor directly into the air in your home increases the humidity level. Dry air can cause nose, eye, and lung irritation in otherwise healthy people. It’s especially problematic for people with asthma, allergies and other respiratory conditions. A little humidity goes a long way if you’re looking to ease asthma symptoms.
Dry air can also cause skin problems and other health issues. It’s not just about the human or animal inhabitants of your home, either. Dry air can also wreak havoc on wooden furniture. Keeping a good humidity level helps your furniture last longer.
When Do You Need A Humidifier?
One of the most common reasons you might need to increase humidity in your home is forced hot air. A furnace sucks moisture out of the air as it heats your home, and you need a way to replace that moisture to maintain a good humidity level. Because winter air can be fairly dry, a humidifier can make a difference in the winter months. Summer, too, can be a time when you need additional humidity in your home, particularly when we have a succession of hot, dry days.