The humidity levels in your home have a direct impact on indoor air quality, as well as your overall comfort. That’s why Premier Indoor Comfort Systems offers humidifiers and dehumidifiers for all interested homeowners, as well as some commercial businesses. But which type of equipment is better for cold weather? Keep reading to learn what system you should install this winter from our experienced IAQ professionals at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems.
Humidifiers vs. Dehumidifiers: What to Buy This Winter
As the seasons change, your house’s humidity levels do too. The ideal humidity rating for the average home is somewhere between 40-50%, however, this changes depending on the weather outside. Summertime is hotter, so you will likely want a lower humidity rating inside. On the other hand, winter is colder and dryer, so you will probably want to elevate your humidity rating. Therefore, humidifiers are generally more useful to homeowners than dehumidifiers during the wintertime.
The colder your home gets, the drier it will be, which is why it’s always a good idea to weatherstrip windows and doors, and seal off cracks and holes throughout your house as much as possible. Not only will this help with your humidity level, it will also improve the efficiency of your heating system. However, for added moisture during the winter months, a humidifier is a great option. Most humidifiers have gauges that will allow you to measure your overall humidity level. However, before you even purchase this equipment, you should consider how humidity may be affecting your entire household.
You may benefit from installing a humidifier if:
- There are cracks in the wood, floor panels, or furniture throughout your home
- There is a lot of static electricity around your home
- Your family is constantly dealing with chapped lips, bloody noises, or dry skin and hair
- Your home is not well-insulated
- Your home feels stuffy and stale and is filled with dry, cold air
Controlling Humidity Levels in Your Home
The bottom line when it comes to controlling humidity is that every household is different. You may need to use a dehumidifier, even during winter, for health reasons. And in other seasons, dehumidifiers provide a variety of benefits, helping to reduce allergy triggers and respiratory issues, as well as preventing mold growth. Just make sure that your home’s humidity level does not fall below 30% in the wintertime, as this will affect your indoor air quality and HVAC system performance. And if you do need a more comprehensive way to balance out humidity, just call Premier Indoor Comfort Systems for humidifier and/or dehumidifier installation, courtesy of our experienced home comfort specialists.