These days, between quarantining and the temperatures dropping, we’re spending most of our time indoors. Have you ever stopped to think about the air you’re inhaling? When humidity levels are too high or too low, indoor air quality gets compromised. That’s why a whole-home humidification system might be a great solution for you. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of maintaining proper humidity levels and how whole-home systems can help you achieve this.
What happens if humidity levels are too low?
Ideally, indoor humidity levels should be somewhere in the range of 30 percent to 50 percent. When winter’s cold, dry air comes into contact with heated indoor air, it can lead to dehumidification. This can lead to many problems with your health and your home. If your air isn’t humid enough, you may experience the following symptoms. This includes nose bleeds, dry or itchy skin, sore throat, dry eyes, or asthma flare-ups. It may also include increased allergy attacks. Additionally, your house could experience the negative effects of low humidity levels. These include excessive dust, indoor pathogens, static electricity, cracked wood, and bacteria.
What if your humidity levels are too high?
On the opposite end of the spectrum is high humidity. This occurs most often in the summer since the air naturally gets more humid. However, this can lead to a series of problems for homeowners. Below are some warning signs of high humidity in your home. This can be mildew and mold issues, pipes or ductwork sweating. There can also be condensation around the HVAC system. Check for any moisture near doors or windows. Make sure to have the humidity levels measured. This will help you determine if a whole-home humidification system is right for you.
How do whole-home humidification systems work?
Whole-home humidification systems automatically detect your home’s humidity levels. They maintain ideal humidity levels by increasing or decreasing moisture in the air. They do this by using water that’s already in your plumbing system.
There are two different types of whole-home humidifiers: power humidifiers and bypass humidifiers. Power humidifiers have built-in blowers, so they run even when your HVAC unit isn’t on. Power humidifiers are usually recommended for larger homes. On the other hand, bypass humidifiers attach to the furnace’s ductwork. When the blower turns on, water droplets are added to the circulated air. If you’re not sure which option is best for your home, our knowledgeable technicians are happy to discuss your options.
Benefits of a whole-home humidification system
Compared to portable humidifiers, whole-home humidification systems have the following benefits:
Safety: Since whole-house systems don’t require excess water, there’s no chance of bacteria and mold accumulation.
Efficiency: Whole-house systems use water from your plumbing system. That means they’re automatically refilled and cheaper to operate.
Low maintenance: Compared to portable models, whole-home systems require little maintenance. The only thing to keep in mind is that your water panel needs to be changed out once a year. As long as you have your HVAC maintenance regularly scheduled, you shouldn’t need to do anything else.
You deserve clean air that feels comfortable all year. Are you interested in learning more about whole-home humidification solutions? Our licensed technicians at Ron’s Mechanical are here to help. Give us a call today at (952) 445-8585.