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Everett, WA Humidifiers by G & S Heating Cooling & Electric
When you hear people talk about humidity, it is often in a very negative context. True, humidity levels that are too high can promote mold growth, rot wood more quickly, and just make life generally unpleasant. However, humidity levels that are too low can be just as bad, if not worse, for your health. Most of the human body is made of water and, as such, relies on a certain level of moisture in the air. If that moisture is not available, the body starts to experience a number of rather nasty effects. Read on to find out why it’s so important to maintain a proper humidity level in your home.
G & S Heating Cooling & Electric provides humidifier services throughout the Everett, WA area.
The Side Effects of Low Humidity
There are many things that can affect the level of humidity in the air. Your environment is one, though there really isn’t much you can do about that. The most common factor that homeowners can address, though, is the use of forced air systems. Especially during winter, pumping lots of hot air through your house can lower the humidity very fast. When that happens, it has a couple of different effects on the human body. The mucus membranes in your nose dry out and crack, along with your skin. Both of these normally act as defenses against viruses and bacteria in the environment. In low humidity, however, these defenses are compromised. That’s part of why people tend to get sick more often during winter. They use their heaters more often, which can compromise their natural defense mechanisms.
Beyond the affects that low humidity has on your body, it actually affects the environment around you as well. The more dry the air in your home is, the less heat it will be able to hold and transport. This means that if you want to keep your house warm during the cold season, dry air will make your heating system less effective than it should be. Any wood furniture in your house will also experience accelerated warping and cracking under very dry conditions. As you most certainly have wooden support studs in the walls of your home, this can be a serious problem if it goes on for a long time.
Types of Humidifiers
So, how do humidifiers help? Well, humidifiers are devices that, through one of a variety of means, releases moisture back into the air. There are portable humidifiers, which only affect the immediate area around themselves. For most homes with humidity problems, however, the best humidifier is probably a whole house model. Whole house humidifiers are those that are installed in the ductwork, so that they are able to treat all air that may be distributed by the heater or air conditioner.
The specific methods that different humidifiers varies. There are misters, which simply spray a fine mist of water into the air. Steam vaporizers are another option, which evaporate water and distribute it through the ducts. The exact type of humidifier that will serve you best will largely depend on your individual situation. It is important that you discuss different options with a professional HVAC technician before having anything installed.
If the air in your home is uncomfortably dry, call G & S Heating Cooling & Electric. We provide humidifiers and humidifier services throughout the area.