Should You Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier for Winter?
Humidity describes the amount of moisture in the air, and it must be properly moderated indoors to create a comfortable home environment. You may already be aware of how sticky you may feel when you are exposed to exceptionally high humidity outdoors. The effects of both high and low humidity are felt in other ways as well. A closer look at these effects reveals the need to schedule service with an HVAC professional for the installation of a humidifier or dehumidifier this winter.
The Impact of Humidity on Personal Well-Being
The ideal humidity level inside a home is approximately 30 to 40 percent. Outdoor humidity is generally lower in the winter than in the summer. This impacts the amount of moisture in your home’s air. In addition, running the heater on chilly days can reduce indoor humidity further. Dry air can aggravate airways when you have a cold or other respiratory conditions. Airborne viruses, such as influenza, thrive in low-humidity environments as well. Therefore, using a humidifier indoors in the winter may help you and other occupants in the home to remain healthier. Dry skin, uncomfortable static shocks and other issues may be alleviated as well.
The Possibility of Mold Growth
While using a humidifier along with your HVAC system in the winter months may elevate indoor humidity to a healthy and comfortable level, there is a chance that the humidity level may elevate well above 40 or 50 percent. When too much moisture is in the air, the possibility of mold growth increases dramatically. Mold growth can result in moderate to serious illness as well as property damage that can be expensive to repair. Because of this, you may need to keep a dehumidifier in your home to utilize in the event that the humidity increases to a level that is higher than desired.
Personal Comfort in the Home
Your personal comfort in the home is directly affected by the humidity level, so humidity should be monitored regularly and moderated as needed. Dry air can make your skin feel dry and itchy. If the air remains dry, you may begin to notice scaling or other issues. Excessive moisture in the air, on the other hand, can lead to a musty smell and may make your skin feel clammy. Running the HVAC equipment using the heater settings in the winter will naturally remove some moisture from the air, but you may need to moderate the humidity level further with a humidifier or dehumidifier.
Most commonly, dry air in homes can be problematic in the winter. We can send an HVAC professional to your home to install a quality humidifier and a humidity monitor. Through this effort, you will be able to moderate indoor humidity as needed. Because the pendulum can swing too far in the opposite direction, the installation of a dehumidifier may also be essential. Call us at (903) 597-8381 today or fill out our online form!