Do You Need A Humidifier?
If humidity levels are not maintained, your home will not only be uncomfortable to live in, but you and your family may become susceptible to respiratory disorders and chemical reactions.
The optimum humidity level in your home depends on many factors, but the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineering (ASHRAE) suggests maintaining a range of 45% – 55% humidity to manage health effects and illnesses.
- Comfortable: 30% – 60%
- Recommended: 45% – 55%
- High: 55% – 80%
3 Signs you need a humidifier
1. You are ill from October to March
Do you experience a lot of cold, or cold-like symptoms during the winter months? Do your symptoms include:
- A sore, scratchy throat that never gets better
- A runny nose that causes you to go through lots of tissues
- Dry eyes that make you feel more tired than you already are
It turns out that low humidity could be the cause. Exposure to dry air will dry out the mucus membrane that lines your respiratory tract. As a result, the protective lining won’t be able to keep out cold viruses and other microbes.
Having a humidifier will help alleviate your symptoms. You will feel much better, with much better air quality.
2. You suffer from asthma or respiratory issues
Dry air is the enemy of people suffering from asthma or other respiratory issues. Do you experience harsh coughing fits and other unpleasant symptoms?
A humidifier will be a lifesaver for you. With the right level of humidity, the air in your home will become much easier to breathe and you will experience fewer symptoms.
3. You’re using your furnace constantly
When it’s cold, you’re going to have your furnace on. Did you know that the drier your air is, the less heat it will hold? Consequently, this means that you will have to use more heat to reach your desired temperature.
Break the cycle by installing a humidifier to work with your heating and cooling system. Your air will hold heat more efficiently and your heating bill will be less expensive.
Vancouver winters are hard enough without having to worry about the moisture in your air. A humidifier that works with your heating and cooling system will benefit everyone in your home.