Benefits of Humidifying your Home
“Humidifiers are commonly used in homes to relieve the physical discomforts of dry nose, throat, lips, and skin. The moisture they add to dry air also helps alleviate common nuisances brought on by winter heating, such as static electricity, peeling wallpaper, and cracks in paint and furniture.” – EPA
Maintaining the amount of moisture in the air of your home is necessary for your family’s health. In the winter months, dry air can cause respiratory infections, nosebleeds, and frequent colds. The New York State Journal of Medicine stated, “There is yet no cure for the common cold. The most important preventive measure would appear to be the proper regulation of humidity.” Both the EPA and the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology recommend keeping humidity levels between 30 and 50 percent. Exceeding 50% can encourage the growth of biological organisms, and dropping below 30% can aggravate skin allergies and respiratory infections.
Added moisture allows the throat and nose to block dust and bacteria particulates from enduring the body, such as the flu, cough and cold. This is particularly beneficial for infants, young children and asthma suffers as the improved air quality moisturizes the respiratory system. A number of clinical studies showed Pneumococcus, Streptococcus, and Staphylococcus were dramatically reduced when a home’s relative humidity was between 40% and 50%, than if they were above 70% or below 20%.
Proper humidification allows you to feel warmer when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature. Every degree you lower your thermostat, you can save up to 4% on your energy bill. Humidification not only saves you money on your energy bills, but it will also save you money on your home repair costs.
Low humidity levels can dry out and damage wooden floors, furniture, plaster and paint – causing it to crack and separate. It is very important maintain a home’s proper humidity level!