HUMIDITY AND HEALTH ISSUES
It is common knowledge that breathing in warm, moist air can be a really comforting and soothing experience when you are suffering from health issues such as a cold, blocked nasal cavities, sore throat or sinus infections. Likewise, it is standard practice when a child is ill to use a humidifier to help with the discomfort; even a pot of hot water and a towel over the head to keep the steam in can help. However, in normal circumstances when one is not especially sick, we usually do not resort to humidification and just deal with the dry air in our homes that comes hand-in-glove with winter.
However, dry indoor air can also bring in a whole new set of health problems. When the air is too dry, common issues concerning health and comfort include sore throats, bloody noses, static electricity and dry skin. These problems are much more common in winter but if you find yourself experiencing any of these flare ups at home, there is a considerably easy way to fix these problems. All you have to do is install a whole house humidifier in your home.
Statistically, research shows that the most comfortable environments for people to be in are ones where the humidity is around 35 to 50 percent. In those environments, your skin won’t be dry, your eyes won’t be itchy, and you will be less likely to conduct static electricity. What is more important is that higher humidity levels — such as those over 40 percent — can also turn some viruses inactive, so that they will not be able to infect you or your family or be transferred from one family member to another.
Having a slightly higher humidity level in the house will also mean that you can reduce costs on your heating by having your thermostat down lower. As moisture helps keep the warmth in, a higher humidity level means that your house will feel warmer than if it were dry. For example, if the humidity is low (as in winter) at about 20 percent and the thermostat reads 68 degrees Fahrenheit, the “apparent” or “felt” temperature will be about 65 degrees. Conversely, if the humidity levels are around 45 percent, a room where the thermostat reads 68 degrees will actually feel more like 67 degrees.
In winter, this can be especially useful where the air is dry anyway and family members are more likely to catch a cold. Keeping the humidity in the house will help, especially in conjunction with heating. This is where a whole house humidifier would come in handy — the warm air will keep the house at a reasonable temperature while the moisture will make sure that the humidity stays at a level which will be soothing to those who are sick but still comfortable to those who are not.