Did you know that cooler air holds less moisture than warmer air? With temperatures on the decline, we are spending less time outdoors and more time snuggled indoors with the comfort of our heaters. Although those heaters keep us cozy, they can also dry out our homes. This can cause loads of issues, especially for those who suffer from respiratory illnesses such as asthma.
Controlling Humidity in Your Home
A study done by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health showed that increasing humidity levels to 43% and above reduced the infectivity of airborne flu viruses. It also significantly decreased the transmission of the virus through coughing and/or sneezing. Products such as steam humidifiers help regulate the humidity in your home, helping you to breathe easier. What’s even better is they can save you money on energy costs.
Is Your Home Too Dry?
Smart thermostats such as the Carrier Côr automatically track the humidity in your home giving you the ability to see what level it is anytime, in real time. You can also track humidity with a hygrometer found at your local hardware store. However, if you don’t have either and are wondering if the air in your home is too dry, ask yourself these questions:
- Are your eyes/skin dry and itchy?
- Do you experience nasal congestion or nosebleeds?
- Are you getting static shocks throughout your home?
- Can you see gaps/cracks in your wood floor and furniture?
- Is your piano or other wooden instruments out of tune?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, the humidity in your home may be the culprit. Humidifier’s like Carrier’s Performance Steam Humidifier are a great solution because they work throughout your entire home, minimizing the growth of bacteria, molds, viruses and dust mites. They also help you feel more comfortable at lower temperatures, so you can save money in the process.