Does Your Home Have the Right Humidity Level?

April 19, 2017

Humidity is one of the top factors that can affect the overall comfort level of a home. Moreover, it can have an impact on the efficiency of the HVAC system. It is therefore important that homeowners maintain the right humidity levels in their home. In this post, our St. Louis HVAC technicians will explain why this is important and how it can be achieved. Why is maintaining ideal humidity levels important? Proper humidity levels are essential for efficient working of your HVAC system. Having the ideal humidity level can ensure that your system functions in the way it is intended to – that is, it cools the air in the summers and heats it in winter. Secondly, managing ideal humidity conditions will ensure that you and your family live in a comfortable environment that is free from impure air. Without correct humidity management, residents can become susceptible to a host of respiratory diseases, allergies, and chemical reactions. Additionally, improper humidity levels can even affect the physical interior and exterior of a home. For example, too much moisture can lead to a damp environment that, over a period of time, can attract termites and other insects and could potentially damage the...

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How to Choose between a Humidifier and a Dehumidifier

August 23, 2016

Do you find your house too damp in summer and too dry in winter? If you do, a humidifier or a dehumidifier is what your home may need. Your house should have a relative humidity level of 30-60 percent, depending on what time of the year it is. In winter, use of heating systems can reduce the humidity by over 30-40 percent. On the other hand, in summer, the humidity may be as high as 60 percent. If the relative humidity is below 30, you may want to invest in a humidifier to keep your family comfortable, however, if it touches 60 or more, you may need a dehumidifier. So, you may need both a humidifier and dehumidifier and use them according to seasons. How Does Humidity Affect Our Health? Extremes of relative humidity in the atmosphere affects human health adversely. If the air inside your home is dry, the residents may have dry skin and may suffer from other types of dermatitis. These may be the first signs that you need to invest in a humidifier. Other health problems caused by dry air include dry sinuses, congestion, nosebleed, persistent cough, and sore throat. If the air is too moist,...

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Choosing a Humidifier for Your St. Louis Home This Winter

October 28, 2015

Reduce energy and save money by installing a humidifier in your home.   Humidity levels drop during the winter months because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. As a result of dry air, you may experience a number of problems in the winter months, including: dry skin and/or an itchy throat nasal congestion resulting in cold or flu static electricity wallpaper peeling at the edges hardwood floors separating out at the seams difficulty in growing houseplants Indoor air should have a humidity level of 30-35 percent, but during winter months, the humidity level in the air drops to 13 percent or lower. One way to resolve this problem is by using a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air. Type of Humidifiers You’ll find humidifiers in a wide variety of shapes and designs, including furnace/heat pump mounted units, floor models, and table models. Furnace/heat pump mounted units work as by-pass, steam, wick, mist, and powered. You can mount some of these models to the duct or attach some of them to the furnace or heat pump. You can easily install a humidifier while replacing your furnace. It is also possible to have one installed to your existing heating system. It is important...

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Will a Humidifier Improve My Child’s Asthma Symptoms?

October 24, 2013

A well maintained whole house system that is set properly will keep the humidity levels at their optimum.  Humidity is a measure of how much moisture is in the air. Ideally you want your homes humidity level to be between 30% and 50%. This can be measured using a device called a hygrometer. Too much moisture in the air and your house becomes a perfect home for mold and mildew as well as dust mites and bacteria. Too little and you have an ideal environment for the spread of viruses and can also contribute to respiratory ailments. You can find small, table top humidifiers for sale at many retail chains and pharmacies. The problem with these is that they only have the capacity to humidify small areas and they must be cleaned daily to avoid bacteria growth. Left unattended, such as at night time, and it has the potential to add too much moisture to the air. There are larger, more expensive portable units but they are difficult to move around and noisy. Plus you must constantly check to make sure that the water reservoir is full. Whole House Humidifier A whole house humidifier will keep the entire house at...

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Benefits of Whole House Humidifiers

August 14, 2013

Your homes humidity level can save you money on heating, better your health, and increase your comfort level. Winter months can be brutal. Not only do we contend with ice, snow, and frigid temperatures outside for many months at a time, conditions inside our homes may not be ideal either. Air inside our homes can become incredibly dry, due to the lack of humidity, and as many know, this can become absolutely unbearable. Combating Dry Air Some people combat the problem with small humidifiers. Most people put these in their bedrooms. In a small house this may be enough to keep you going. Normal activities like showering, cooking, leaving a bathtub filled with water, boiling water on the stove, etc., help to keep some amount of humidity in the house, but for larger homes this will most likely not be enough. Not to mention that some of these alternative solutions may not be appropriate for families with small children. Some worry that increasing humidity levels in their homes may increase the risk of mold. Discussing these concerns with an expert may alleviate some of the hesitation you feel about installing a humidifying system. And it is important to realize low...

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What is the Point of Having a Humidifier?

July 25, 2013

A Humidifier Provides What Kind of Relief for your Home?  One of the essential parts of a residential or commercial HVAC system is a humidifier. While keeping the interior of a house cool in the summer and warm in the winter has an obvious advantage, the priority of maintaining a certain level of humidity in the air does not seem to bare such significance at first sight. You may think that a humidifier is just another piece of equipment your HVAC contractor can charge you for. However, consider the advantages and reason why you may want a humidifier installed. A low level of humidity can lead to developing dry skin, or a tendency for itching, sore eyes. Then on the longer term one will either adapt to the new humidity conditions or develop more serious health issues. On the other end of the scale, a high level of humidity can lead to fatigue, asthma, a declining physical condition, or a lack of concentration. These are just issues concerning the aspects of comfort. For some this will be enough to make sure that the right amount of humidity is circulating in the air they breathe in, while others will not see...

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Improve Indoor Air Quality with Whole-House Humidifier

November 30, 2012

Humidifiers control moisture to increase the indoor air quality of your home or business. Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor that is in the atmosphere. A humidifier is a device that increases the humidity level in your home.  Humidifiers usually become more necessary in the winter months because humidity levels drop and heating systems dry out the air. Ideal Humidity Levels The ideal level of indoor humidity is between 30 and 50 percent. When the air in your home is dry, it will act like a sponge that soaks up the moisture in the atmosphere. When this happens your skin and lips become dry. Even your wood floors and other furnishings in your home are adversely affected. Humidifiers control moisture to increase the indoor air quality of your home or business. Whole-house humidifiers are available, which connect to a home’s HVAC system to provide humidity to the entire house. Benefits of a Humidifier Consider some of the benefits of having a humidifier installed in your home or business. Increase your home’s comfort level. Reduce your heating bills since humidified air feels warmer. Soothe dry skin conditions. Ease asthma and other respiratory conditions. Help reduce cold, flu, and allergy symptoms. Prevent peeling of wallpaper or cracking...

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