Do I Need a Humidifier in My Home?

Maintaining proper relative humidity levels throughout your home is important for your well-being and comfort. When there is less than 40% relative humidity in the air, it can increase static electricity and cause dry skin. Dry air can even make you sick, as it makes it easier for cold and flu viruses to spread. While some moisture in the air is essential, there can be too much of a good thing. When indoor humidity levels are above 60% for a prolonged period, it can potentially lead to mould/mildew growth and create a breeding ground for allergens. However unless there is a ventilation issue, indoor dry air is a far more common issue than moist air for Calgary homes. As such, humidifiers play a key role in improving indoor air quality.

To assist you in determining if you do need a humidifier in your home, here are some signs to look out for.

During the Winter


The most common and necessary time to add in some much-needed moisture into your home is generally throughout those cold winter months. When the temperature drops, it forces you to keep your heating system running almost constantly. This in turn, can suck up moisture that’s lingering throughout your home, making it uncomfortable and unhealthy for you and your family. Though the winter season has come to an end, now is a good time to shop for a whole home humidifier.


Static Clothing and Hair


One of the most common tell-tale signs that point to a problem with low moisture levels in your home is when static begins to form in your clothing and hair.  When clothes latch to your body and when your hair begins to gravitate upward, or even when you reach to turn on a light and feel that slight static shock – this is a result of dryness in the air caused by low levels of humidity.


Excessive Nose Bleeds and Other Ailments


Believe it or not, lack of humidity is more severe than simply causing discomfort and excessive static in your home. Dry air can also affect your health. If you or a loved one have been suffering from excessive nose bleeds, asthma, allergy flare-ups, sinus congestion, or a sore throat, a humidifier could very well be a solution to help alleviate these problems.


Cracks in Wooden Furniture


As warm, dry air circulates through your home, it can affect your furniture. When dry air seeps into wooden furniture, door frames, and wood accents. These items may split or crack as a result.


It’s important to take note of the moisture levels throughout your home. Many modern thermostats today incorporate humidity readings into the system so that you can be aware of humidity levels. If humidity levels are consistently below 40%, there are a few solutions. We offer a full line of humidifiers, ranging from bypass flow-through models to steam generator models from the most trusted names in humidity, including Honeywell and General Aire. Contact Distinct Heating & Cooling to discuss home humidification options and breathe easy once more.