5 Signs You Need a Humidifier

For the best indoor air quality, you may need a humidifier to aid in increasing the humidity levels in your home.

Below are the 5 signs that indicate that a humidifier is necessary for your home.

Let’s get started.

5 Signs You Need a Humidifier

1. You’re getting shocked more often

If you find that you’re getting shocked more often by static electricity in your home, low humidity levels could be the cause.

Low relative humidity can increase static electricity, leading to damaged electronics and even pain when the static discharges.

2. You have more bloody noses

Low humidity can dry out the moisture in your nose.

The dry air can affect the blood vessels inside of your nose leading to nosebleeds.

Central heating dries the air out inside of your home during the winter months, which can make the problem even worse.

3. Your wood furniture is cracking

Wood expands and contracts when humidity levels change. The constant contraction of the wood can lead to stress and eventually wear out your furniture altogether.

Low humidity can also cause books, walls, and even flooring to shift and break down over time.

4. Dry nose, skin, and eyes

Dry air can dry out your nose, skin, and eyes.

If you’re finding that you are dealing with dry skin, eyes, or a dry nose, the low indoor humidity can be the cause.

You can suffer from low indoor humidity levels even during the summer from your air conditioning.

5. Chapped lips

While frequent sun exposure can cause chapped lips, during the winter months, low humidity can also cause chapped lips.

You may experience chapped lips even during the summer months when you are using an air conditioner.

What Does a Humidifier Do?

Humidifiers release water vapors or steam to increase the humidity levels in your home.

All humidifiers work to increase the humidity level, but they have different types of humidifiers that increase the humidity in different ways.

What Type of Humidifier Should You Get?

There are 2 main types of humidifiers that you can purchase:

1. Warm Mist

Warm mist humidifiers boil water which in turn creates water vapor that is dispersed throughout a room.

2. Cool Mist or Ultrasonic humidifiers

Cold mist humidifiers use a fan to evaporate water that is then broken into smaller water particles with ultrasonic vibration.

The recommended humidifier for most people will be a cool-mist humidifier.

It doesn’t boil water and operates silently which is going to be a benefit over a warm mist humidifier.

Cool mist humidifiers are a great way to keep the humidity levels in check without putting you or your loved ones in any danger from boiling water.

If your entire house is dry, then you may want to consider central humidifiers instead.

Whole home humidifiers can cost far more than portable humidifiers and may require a professional for installation.

Final Thoughts

If you are suffering from these 5 signs you need a humidifier, then you may want to look into the right humidifier for you.

Also be aware that during the different seasons, you may want to use your dehumidifier differently in your basement.

Humidifiers can help alleviate dry air symptoms and can work great during the winter or supplement humidity with your indoor heating system.

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