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Humidifier or Dehumidifier

Should You Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier for Winter?

When it comes to being comfortable in your home, many features determine its degree. From the material on your couch to the humidity in your air, each feature contributes a great deal to the level of comfort that you feel. Altering these factors can assist you in receiving the optimal level of comfort in your home.

The feature that we're going to be talking about altering today is the humidity in your home. Humidity is defined as the amount of water vapor that is within the air. When the humidity level in your home is out of whack, it can result in static electricity, dry skin, dry hair, and an overall increase in your susceptibility to respiratory illnesses. By properly understanding how to use a humidifier and dehumidifier from one of our HVAC professionals, you can create the perfect level of humidity in your home to make it comfortable.

Benefits Of Using A Humidifier

A humidifier works to put moisture back into the air. This allows the humidity level to increase. Therefore, it's beneficial to use a humidifier in the cold winter months where the outside air is very dry. Here are a few of the benefits you'll gain from employing a humidifier alongside your HVAC system in your home this winter:

  • Improved Air Quality
  • Reduce Airborne Virus Spreading
  • Prevent Dry Skin
  • Assists In Preserving Wood Furniture

It's a good idea to set your digital humidifier to around 30 percent in the wintertime. You should be utilizing humidifiers in the main rooms of your home alongside your existing HVAC system. Depending on the humidifier you purchase, the square footage it can handle will vary. Make sure that you have humidifiers that can handle the square footage of your home effortlessly.

Do I Need A Dehumidifier In The Winter?

A dehumidifier simply does the opposite of a humidifier. This means that it pulls excess moisture out of the air. If you were to use one of these in the wintertime on highly trafficked rooms in your home, it would make the air even drier than it already is. This could result in dry skin, more susceptibility to illnesses, and other negative conditions.

However, when it comes to your basement, a dehumidifier is recommended in the winter. Your basement tends to have little exposure to heat and natural sunlight. This can make the moisture levels very high. When the humidity is high, it can create a perfect environment for mold to grow. Running a dehumidifier year-round in your basement can help to prevent mold growth.

If you need help determining what size humidifier or dehumidifier you need for your home, be sure to contact us. We'll send out an HVAC professional who can evaluate your home and make recommendations that will best fit your needs. By having the right combination of humidifiers and dehumidifiers in the wintertime, you can ensure that your home is at a comfortable atmosphere for your family. Call us at (630) 964-1700.