At some point during the winter, you may have sat down in your living room and thought “Why is it so dry in here? My nose is all dry, I have a sore throat, and I just drank a quart of water, but I’m still thirsty. I feel like I’m in the Sahara Desert.”
Cold weather and low humidity can dry out the air in your home. During winter and dry months, the humidity in your home may drop as low as 10%, which is actually as dry as some spots in the Sahara.
The ideal humidity range is between 30% and 60%. You can test how moist your air is with a hygrometer.
Problems Dry Air Can Cause in Your Home
Dry air in your home can cause all sorts of problems. Dry eyes, skin, sinuses and throat, dehydration, nosebleeds, chapped lips, the list goes on. It can even put you at a higher risk for catching a cold. This can be an especially big problem if you have babies or small children in the house. To make your house much more healthy and comfortable, you can use a home humidifier to add moisture to your air.
Dry air also makes static electricity build up easier. This can harm your electronic devices, especially computers. Even low amounts of static electricity can harm your computer if they discharge while you’re plugging in a USB or other peripheral.
Solve Your Dry Air Problems with a Humidifier
Humidifiers spread mist into your air to make it more humid. They do this by shooting a vapor into the air and circulating it through an area.
Humidifiers come in a few different styles and sizes, so you’ll want to consider what you’ll need for your home. A good rule of thumb is to buy a larger unit than you think you need. Better to humidify too large of an area than to find that the humidifier you bought doesn’t suit your home.
If you’re humidifying a bedroom, it’s usually best to choose a cool air unit. Warm air humidifiers can raise the temperature of a room. In some cases, it can feel like you’re trying to sleep in a jungle. However, warm air humidifiers may be able to reduce your heating bill if you plan on staying in their range for long periods of time. You can lower the heat in the house, and bask in the warmth and comfort of your humidified areas.
If you want to humidify the air in your entire house, then you can meet your needs with a single whole house unit. If you only want to humidify a bedroom or living room to reduce allergic reactions and dryness, you may only need a single room humidifier.