Whole Home Humidifiers For Better Health
A lot of people suffer every year from health issues that could be avoided. Headaches, dry itchy eyes, sore throats, sinus ache and dried out mucous membranes, could all be caused by dry air in your home.
During the winter months in most cities, a home humidifying system is recommended. This is because the heating system, especially in forced air systems, will dry the air as it blows warm air throughout the home.
Dry air can be good for some health conditions because dry air won’t contribute to mold, fungi, or other bacterial growth conditions.
However, without enough humidity, the air we breathe can cause our sinus and mucous membranes to dry out, which in turn can lead to sinus infections or upper respiratory problems.
Why Humidifiers Are So Important In Chicago
Humidity in the air we breathe is often overlooked as something of little importance, but as you can see it is important. Maintaining a good balance is always recommended.
When humidity is at its highest levels, it sets a stage for mold growth, dust mites, and fungus. When it’s at its lowest levels, the dry air can irritate sinuses and throat, dry skin, and make eyes itchy.
Over time, the low humidity can cause inflamed mucous membranes that line your respiratory tract. This increases your chance of contracting viruses, flu, and other infections.
In low humidity, certain viruses can survive longer. Congestion is also attributed to dry air.
Do you struggle with dry, irritated eyes, or dry sinuses? The low humidity (dry air) could be the reason. Dry eyes are a common problem that disrupts the moisture balance in the eye, causing discomfort and unhealthy eye surfaces.
Winter itch is an uncomfortable and irritating problem with dry skin. Small cracks appear on the surface of the skin, making it susceptible to infection.
Humidifiers That Keep Humidity Levels Balanced
There are various humidifiers on the market, from portable to whole home systems. But be careful with a portable humidifier because you can over humidify the air in a room and end up with an opposite but equally unacceptable situation.
Too much humidity in the air leads to fungus or mold growth is related to an increased risk of asthma developing in children. Make sure humidity levels don’t get too high.
A hygrometer will measure the amount of moisture in your home’s air. Whole home humidifiers have the humidity level detector built in and will keep it balanced automatically.
Our Chicago Heating team recommends a level between 35-45 percent. This level is also recommended for lowest mold growth risk.