The Benefits Of A Humidifier

It doesn’t look as if the extreme cold weather is ending any time soon. According to the United States EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Proper humidity has not only health benefits, but economic and ecological benefits as well. A homeowner can heat their home to 68 degrees, and with proper humidity,  feels like 70 degrees, saving money as well as energy.Humidifiers are of great use during winter in cold climates where home heating systems are in constant use. This dry air can dry out and irritate your eyes, throat, and lungs. Dry skin is another hazard. Besides that, you may find the wooden floors, furniture, siding, window frames, etc, in your home. The dry air then creates gaps between floorboards, loose furniture joints, and windows that rattle in their frames.

Humidifiers come in two types, an evaporator and an atomizer. The evaporator forces air over water inside the unit and blows the evaporated water into the house.The atomizer breaks up water droplets and produces a mist that then evaporates as it is distributed throughout the house. To break up water into a mist, some of these humidifiers use a rotating device, like a blade or brush. In the case of an ultrasonic humidifier, a disc that oscillates about 1.6 million times per second does the job. The water is mechanically agitated into fine droplets.

Humidifiers are built in to your central heating system and use the furnace ducts to distribute moist air throughout your home. If you have a closed heating system, such as electric baseboards, a central humidifier can be installed with its own fan and duct for distribution of humidified air.

Health benefits: Humidifiers are recommended for people who live in areas where houses must be heated for a good portion of the year, or for those who live in very dry climates. Humidifiers help those suffering from sore throats, headaches, nose bleeds, and coughs related to dry air. In general, a moist house is more comfortable than a dry one.

Ideal humidity: The air in your home should range from 30 to 55 percent humidity. If the humidity is too high, mold and dust mites may thrive. Both are common causes of allergies. Mold also causes an unpleasant smell and can discolor surfaces. If the humidity falls too low, on the other hand, the people in your home may suffer dry eyes and may develop throat and sinus irritations. The simplest way to measure humidity is with a gauge called a psychrometer. For an evaluation of the humidity level in your home, call One Hour Heating and Air-Northern Illinois today.

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