Whole house humidifiers add water to the air, distributing it via HVAC ductwork. Humidifiers are especially valuable in the wintertime, when air is more dry. What’s the ideal relative humidity (RH) level in the home? According to the EPA, 30-50% RH is best.
Does my home need a humidifier? If you don’t have a hygrometer to measure indoor humidity levels, look for these signs you may need a humidifier…
Children or People suffering frequent illness
Lubricated nasal passages, as opposed to cracked, bleeding sinuses, make the body less vulnerable to illness.
Individuals or family members with allergies or a cold
Individuals with excessive sinus congestion
Nasal membranes must be adequately moistened for proper drainage.
Those with excessively dry skin, nose, eyes, and hair in the winter
Frequent nosebleeds; chapped irritated skin; red, dry eyes; brittle hair; persistent coughs; and even frequent asthma flare-ups could indicate overly-dry air.
Family members who snore excessively
(Humidifiers lessen nasal congestion and allergies from pollutants spread via dry air, reducing snoring).
Homes with static electricity issues
Painful and annoying, excessive ‘zaps’ from static electricity are a sure-sign humidity is too low and this could really help.
Homes with cracking furniture and structural components issues…
Damaged by excessively dry air in the home or on furniture.