3 Reasons to Normalize Your Humidity Levels
GRmetro Heating and Cooling is a locally owned and operated HVAC company serving homeowners throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan and the surrounding areas.
What’s the point of us talking about humidity? The first thought that jumps into your head when you hear that word is probably the uncomfortable sensation of being sweaty and sticky in the middle of the summer. Humidity can be uncomfortable, don’t get us wrong, but humidity isn’t all bad.
Think of humidity like a spectrum. On one end of the spectrum are dry conditions which can be bad for your skin and your overall health. On the other end of the spectrum is high humidity, which is what causes that sweaty, sticky, and uncomfortable feeling you get when the air is too moist. Our goal today is to use humidifiers in Grand Rapids, MI to ensure your home is somewhere comfortably in the middle of that spectrum.
Let’s talk about three great reasons to balance your home’s humidity, and how we can help you achieve that goal.
How to Balance Humidity
Balancing humidity is a tricky subject. Too much humidity can be uncomfortable and breed mold, while too little humidity can have adverse effects on your health and your home. Finding that center entails choosing the right solution for the season.
For instance, you’ll be better off in the summertime trying to protect yourself from too much humidity. And in the wintertime, the concern is going to be adding humidity to your air to stop the dryness that comes from the winter air. Since we’re in the winter now, let’s talk about how you can balance humidity with a humidifier.
The Benefits of More Humidity in the Wintertime
Humidifiers work tirelessly to add humidity to your air. A whole-house humidifier will do that by adding humidity to the HVAC system, giving your entire house humidity to the levels you specify on your thermostat or humidity system. Before you decide to go all in on a humidifier this winter, let’s talk about some of the benefits that come from adding humidity to a dry environment:
- Fighting off illnesses. Inside the nostrils of your nose lie mucus membranes. These membranes are tasked with catching contaminants before they reach your lungs or throat, so they can be sneezed out or captured later with a tissue. The dryer the air is, the more your mucus membranes will crack and deteriorate, making it harder for your body to catch contaminants and keep yourself safe.
- Better skin and hair care. We probably don’t need to tell you what dry air does to your skin, scalp, and hair, do we? We rely on certain amounts of moisture being in the atmosphere in order to have smooth skin that doesn’t crack and hurt. This is the same reason why we use chapstick in the winter! Investing in a humidifier that can keep things comfortably humid indoors can be a great way to keep your body healthy.
- Keeping furniture safe. Dry air can crack and break old wooden furniture, which is a real shame in some beautiful older homes with wooden beams and antique furniture. Keep your home safe from dry air with a humidifier.