Why You Should Have A Humidifier In Your Home
Winter in Chicagoland can be pretty brutal: the piles of snow and frigid air make many of us question why we endure the same conditions year after year. Aside from following the birds south, there’s not much we can do to stay warm all winter long. However, there are some other minor, nagging symptoms of winter, such as dry and cracked skin, bloody noses, and dry sinuses. Fortunately, these problems can be minimized. The affordable and easy solution is a humidifier.
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A humidifier, as you might have guessed, increases humidity (moisture) levels in the air. Humidity levels too high or too low have negative effects. A humidifier will keep your home in a comfortable range. This sweet spot tends to be between 30% and 50% humidity. Hygrometers are inexpensive devices that measure humidity levels; it’s a good idea to purchase one to make sure your home remains in that healthy and comfortable range. Here are a few reasons why it’s well worth it to make the investment in a humidifier this winter.
Combat Dry Skin
One really irritating part of winter is the constant battle against dry skin. Cracked lips and hands are uncomfortable and unsightly. With a humidifier pumping moisture into the air, you won’t have to worry about constantly applying lotion to keep your skin from being chapped and sore.
Increase Sinus Health
The dry air of winter is not friendly to your sinus passages. Judging from the increased nosebleeds and congestion, your nose much prefers the more humid air of summer. The best remedy until the weather heats up is to use a humidifier to add moisture to the air. Don’t allow the sniffles and other cold symptoms to cling to you all winter!
Make Your Indoor Air More Comfortable
Though a humidifier can’t make a Chicago winter feel like a Miami summer, you can at least make your indoor air more comfortable by increasing the humidity. Many of us hate the sticky, humid feeling of some summer days, but winter saps the air of so much humidity that it is ideal to add moisture to the air to compensate. With all the time you spend in your home, it makes sense to try to make it as comfortable as possible.
To conceptualize this process, you can apply the same logic you encounter when humid days feel hotter than the dry days of the same temperature. With the bitter cold of winter, adding humidity to the air makes your home feel warmer without having to touch the thermostat. This is obviously good for the comfort of your family, but it’s also good for your wallet, as heating costs stay lower.
Properly Maintain Your Humidifier
When you purchase a humidifier, make sure to clean it regularly (at least every three days) to prevent dirty moisture from being pumped out, which can worsen the symptoms of asthma and allergies.
If you have humidifier questions or need any other assistance with your plumbing or heating this winter, call Service 1 at (815) 694-0022 or make an appointment online. A Service 1 technician will quickly assess and fix your problem, with no extra charge for night and weekend calls.