Humidity in Your Home

August 9, 2016

When people think of comfort in their homes, temperature is one of the first things that comes to mind. But what about humidity? Humidity, when too high or too low, can affect everything in your home, from your personal comfort to the well-being of your furniture, clothing, and wallpaper.

 

When the humidity is high, mold and mildew can grow on high-cellulose wood, paper, and fabric. These can damage your furniture, clothing, and even the structural components of your home such as dry wall and floors. Mold and mildew can aggravate allergies, cause asthma symptoms, cause skin irritations to develop, and make you generally uncomfortable. Some of the molds that can grow in your home can be very dangerous. One of these molds is Stachybotrys chartarum. This mold releases mycotoxins which can cause severe health problems. [CDC]

 

While high humidity can cause significant problems in your home in the summer, there is often a lack of humidity during the winter. When a furnace runs for an extended amount of time, the air in your home dries out. This can aggravate asthma, as well as cause dry skin, and make you uncomfortable. A humidifier can help alleviate these symptoms by returning moisture to the air and enabling you to control the amount of humidity that emanates from your furnace, which gives you more control over your health and the health of your home. Unlike a single room humidifier, which only controls the humidity in one area of your home, a furnace humidifier works throughout the house. Furnace humidifiers are also easy to maintain. The unit is connected to your water line so there is no need to add water and the filter is easily changed.

 

Are you concerned about humidity in your home? Interested in a furnace humidifier? Call us today for an estimate!

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