If the air in your Asheboro, North Carolina, home feels dry in the winter, a humidifier can help. You might feel the need to run your humidifier all day and night. Although it’s not dangerous to do so, it’s usually unnecessary.
Avoid High and Low Humidity
In the winter, the air tends to be dryer, and it’s pretty noticeable. You probably have noticed your dry, cracked hands, chapped lips, and dry nasal passages during the winter. The dry air wreaks havoc on our skin and even causes health concerns. When the air is dry in your home, it can also cause ample static electricity, poor indoor air quality, and spread viruses and bacteria.
High humidity is no picnic either, and it’s more common than you may think in the winter because of humidifiers. Running your humidifier around the clock may seem like a good idea in theory. However, if you’re making your home too humid, you’re risking issues as well. High humidity can cause poor indoor air quality and become a breeding ground for mold, bacteria and viruses.
Use Your Humidifier Correctly
If you’re monitoring the humidity levels in your home, it’s relatively safe to run your humidifier around the clock. You should take special care not to leave anything running while you’re out of the house. However, just because it’s safe doesn’t mean that it’s necessary. You will likely end up having to refill your portable humidifier constantly, and you could increase the humidity to unsafe levels.
Consider a whole-house humidifier instead of individual humidifiers throughout the home. It connects to your plumbing system, makes almost zero noise, and doesn’t require much maintenance. Regardless of what type of humidifier you use in your home, make sure to monitor the humidity level to ensure it doesn’t get too high or too low.
If you have questions about the humidity level in your home, we’re the people to call. Contact Charlie’s Heating and Cooling at (336) 629-5453 to schedule an appointment today.
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