Many people hear the word “humidity” and immediately assume it’s something negative. After all, we’re told time and time again that when it comes to feeling uncomfortable in the summer, it’s not the heat so much as the humidity that does the real damage.
While humid places can be uncomfortable when temperatures soar in the summer, the reality is that humidity is needed to keep us safe, comfortable, and in good health. Humidity refers to the amount of water vapor in the air, which affects how we breathe and how we sweat. (For easy reference, a jungle has high humidity; a desert has almost none.)
The most ideal humidity for human comfort is anywhere between 30 and 50 percent both inside and outside your home. In Park City and the Heber area, we often experience lower-than-average rates of humidity, which means you may have to take steps to reach this optimal level. A humidifier is the most common way of accomplishing this.
Why a Humidifier?
The most common benefit of a humidifier is how it affects your skin and mucous membranes. In the winter, we often have our furnaces turned up to high, which can dry out the air and add to the already low humidity found in Utah. The result is one you’ve probably experienced before: dry skin, chapped lips, and an increased risk of eczema breakouts. The added moisture that a humidifier introduces into your home reduces these symptoms and can also be used to treat other skin-related issues like those associated with psoriasis.
The mucous membranes in your body (nose, nasal passages, sinuses, eyes, mouth, and throat) are also affected by the moisture in the air. Any time these areas of your body dry out, they can become cracked or prone to bleeding, which can lead to discomfort or even an increased risk of infection.
There are also instances when humidifiers can help with breathing disorders like asthma or excessive snoring. Always consult a doctor before you use a humidifier for these issues, however, as there are some types of asthma that can be worsened by too much moisture in the air.
Perhaps one of the most important benefits of a humidifier is how well it works to circulate and clean your air. Because humidifiers come with filters that you are recommended to clean out regularly, you can trap dirt particles and remove them while also keeping your home comfortable.
Humidifiers come in all shapes and sizes, which range from full-home units to personalized machines you can place near your bed at night. If you’d like to learn more about keeping your home comfortable with the right percentage of moisture in the air, it’s best to talk to a Park City air conditioning repair company like ours to learn how to integrate this system into your existing duct or heating/cooling system.