When summer rolls around, most people are concerned with keeping cool more than anything else. While this is certainly understandable, there are other factors that affect your comfort. The main thing you have to worry about other than temperature is humidity. Humidity is often portrayed as some type of villain. Every time there’s a hot day, you can’t avoid having at least one person remarking, “At least it’s a dry heat!”
While it’s true that excessive humidity can make it harder for your body to regulate temperature, humidity that is too low brings its own set of problems. Let’s take a look at the issues low humidity can cause, and how a humidifier can address them.
Your body is mostly made of water, and relies on a certain level of moisture in the air in order to function properly. If that level gets too low, your body will start to suffer negative effects. For example, the mucus membranes in your nose will start to dry out and crack, and your skin will do the same. These two are part of your body’s first line of defense against disease. If they are compromised, it makes it much easier for you to become sick.
Low humidity also affects your home. Anything made of wood will become brittle and wear out faster. Books will degrade more quickly, and furniture will be more easily damaged. Though the effects are not severe at first, prolonged dryness will definitely have a pronounced negative result.
The Benefits of a Humidifier
A humidifier corrects low humidity by releasing moisture into the air, typically while the air conditioner is running. This allows it to distribute humid air around the house. This is typically done either by misting water into the ducts, or by evaporating it into steam before circulating it. With a humidifier, you can enjoy the summer without worrying about the consequences of low humidity.
Call your heating, air conditioning, and plumbing experts at Rentmeister Total Home Service today. We install and service humidifiers throughout Salt Lake City, UT.