Did you even know there was such a thing as humidifier season? It occurs during the driest months of the year, typically from October to March for most of us. Humidifiers and humidifier pads, also known as humidifier filters, can be very beneficial during the chilly, dry winter months. In the wintertime, our heaters work hard to keep us warm and cozy. Our air filters and furnace filters strive to keep the air inside clean and free of contaminants. Along with these elements that keep you comfortable and improve your indoor air quality, why not add a humidifier unit that will make your environment even more enjoyable when that cold weather settles in?
How can you tell if you need a humidifier?
As the fall weather transitions into the winter months, the air becomes increasingly cold and harsh. While our heaters are running strong to keep us warm, the moisture is depleted from the air inside and can cause many individuals a lot of discomfort. Excessively dry air can result in a number of issues. What exactly are the signs that your indoor air is too dry?
- Dry, irritated skin, eyes, nose, and/or throat
- Inflammation of respiratory tract increasing risk of cold, flu, and infection
- Increased static electricity – flyaway hair, clingy clothes, getting shocked
- Brittle, warped, cracked wood surfaces, gaps or creaking in floors, loosened furniture joints or window frames
Benefits of humidified air
While these are the undesirable side-effects of the dry air that occurs this time of year, you do not need to suffer needlessly. Increasing the level of humidity in your home can provide a significant amount of relief. What can you expect when you add moisture to your air?
- Skin that does not feel stretched, dry, and flaky
- Nasal passage and throat will be less dry and irritated
- Reduced risk of sickness and infection, plus improvements in healing times
- Decreased static electricity
- Wood surfaces and flooring are protected from effects of overly dry air
- You can set your thermostat lower – moist air is warmer than dry air, so with the use of a humidifier you will achieve a warmer indoor temperature at a lower setting
Types of humidifiers
There are basically two main categories of humidifiers – whole-house or stand-alone. Both function in the same manner of adding moisture to increase the indoor humidity levels in your home.
Whole house – these are installed inline with your heating system and will disperse moist air into your home through your air vents during heating cycles.
Stand-alone – as their name implies, these humidifiers are separate from your heating system. They are available in various sizes, such as a tabletop unit for use in a particular room, or larger console units that will humidify a larger area of your home.
Regardless of the type of humidifier unit, they all require the use of a humidifier pad. The humidifier pad or humidifier filter, also known as a wick filter or evaporator pad, is responsible for assisting your unit in distributing moisture evenly into your home’s air. Most humidifier pads need to be changed every 2-3 months or at least once per season at a minimum.
Ideal humidity level
The ideal range for the humidity level in the home during the winter season is between 30-40%. Levels will however vary depending on the outdoor temperature. A level of humidity that is too high can cause condensation on your windows and facilitate the growth of moisture, as well as providing the ideal living environment for dust mites to thrive in. Both of these will commonly trigger allergic reactions in many people, including those without a specific allergy to them. Conversely, if your humidity level is too far below the recommended range, you may begin to feel the effects of dry air such as itchy skin and irritated respiratory airways. You can easily monitor the humidity level with a hygrometer which can be found at home improvement stores for a pretty low cost.
Don’t Suffer This Winter – Try a Humidifier!
Humidity is simply the level of moisture present in the air. We can utilize humidifier units to increase our level of indoor humidity, thus decreasing the level of dryness in our air. We have outlined many immediate improvements that remove or drastically reduce some of the most annoying issues that we complain about when the air is too harsh and dry. A stand-alone unit is the least costly and easiest to set up, so if you are unsure about committing to a whole house unit, try this option first and start enjoying the results right away!
US Home Filter offers a full selection of humidifier pads.
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