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How Much Humidity is Too Much?

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You hear it all the time. Humidity is the enemy! If it’s so bad, then why do people use humidifiers in their homes? The answer is simpler than you think. Some homes are just too dry. Humidifiers put moisture into the air while dehumidifiers remove it.

These processes are both important for health and well-being in the home. Keep reading to find out the pros and cons of both systems and whether you might need one in your home for better air quality.

Your Health is at Hand

healthissuesThe reason people add or remove water from their air often has to do with the atmosphere of their home and their personal health. Having air that is either too dry or too humid can be a problem for the respiratory system.

Dry air can lead to dry skin, while humid air can lead to oiliness. For these reasons, people often purchase humidifiers or dehumidifiers to aid their surroundings and promote health. A dehumidifier takes the water out of the air and fills a tank with the excess.

Humidifiers add water vapor to the air and are often used to prevent sickness. People may choose one or both of these machines to add to their bedrooms and common areas. Often both machines may be needed in one house at different times of the year.

How Do Humidifiers Help?

humidifiersThere are many pros to owning a humidifier, especially if you are prone to sickness or dry skin. Humidifiers exhaust extra water into the air of the room. They have been known to help the respiratory system by adding moisture subtly and effectively.

Many people choose humidifiers in the summer months due to the abundance of allergens that comes with the season. It can also be hot and dry in the summer, causing wear on the skin that moisture may repair over time.

However, people may also use humidifiers in the winter to prevent influenza and other cold-like viruses. The humidity from these machines can destroy the virus as it is diffused into the air. Humidifiers can be a great choice for anyone with dry skin, cracked lips, frequent coughs, allergies, and asthma. They are affordable and easy to find.

What About Dehumidifiers?

dehumidifiersAs you may have guessed, dehumidifiers do the opposite of humidifiers. They regulate the amount of water in the air by removing the vapors and collecting them in its tank.

In order to find the right dehumidifier for you, you must consider your space and portability needs. Dehumidifiers can be installed in your home and can be very powerful depending on the type.

Dehumidifiers are good for people living in damp spaces. Whether it’s your climate or the actual space in which you live, dampness can lead to health problems and should be removed. People with asthma and respiratory problems are frequent users of dehumidifiers at all times but especially in the hot, humid summers.

If you or someone you know is considering buying a humidifier or dehumidifier, make sure to evaluate the space first. Assess the need, research different product options, and call Swick Home Services at (906) 228-3400 if you have any further questions. We can help you make the right selection for your personal humidity needs.

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