What Are the Benefits of Humidifiers and Dehumidifiers?
Humidifiers and dehumidifiers add and get rid of moisture in your home’s indoor air, respectively. At first glance, these devices might not seem like they are necessary to have in your home, but actually, both of them can offer a number of great benefits,from improving energy efficiency to preventing illness.
At Air Plus Heating & Air, our professional Charleston HVAC contractors can help you install whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers. Depending on the needs of your particular home, these humidifiers and/or dehumidifiers can be directly connected to your HVAC system, and they can be exceptionally effective, efficient, and beneficial.
If you’re unsure of whether you not you would benefit from adding humidifiers or dehumidifiers to your home’s HVAC, take a look at some of these great benefits:
Benefits of Whole-House Humidifiers
There are plenty of benefits that you can receive from having whole-house humidifiers installed as part of your Charleston home’s HVAC system:
- Dry air can cause sore throats, itchy/cracked skin, and dry noses.
It can also make asthmatic and allergenic symptoms much worse. Humidifiers add moisture to this air and help to relieve these symptoms.
- Dry air can lead to property damage.
Plaster, paint, wood floors, and all kinds of furniture can suffer damage if they’re exposed to dry air frequently. The same is true for many electronics, pieces of art, or musical instruments. Humidifiers will help keep all of your property in great condition.
- Viruses can spread more easily in dry air.
Making sure that your Charleston home’s air is moisturized can prevent the spread of viruses and infections.
- Humid air transfers warmth more easily.
Heating moisture is much easier than heating dry air. With a humidifier installed, you’ll be able to set your thermometer at lower temperatures and feel the same amount of warmth and comfort during the winter months. This can easily help you save around 5% on your utility costs every month.
Benefits of Whole-House Dehumidifiers
If you have too much humidity in your Charleston home’s indoor air, you might notice these problems in your home:
- Sticky or “sweaty” floors
- Clammy feeling on your skin while indoors
- Musty odors
- Mold or mildew growth
- Condensation on your water pipes
Control humidity with a dehumidifier will help you keep your home as comfortable and healthy as possible. The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) recommends that humidity levels are kept between 30% and 50% in homes to control the growth of mold, mildew, and fungus.