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Humidity FAQs: Can a Humidifier Improve Your Sleep?

The Changing Seasons & Your Home’s Humidity

Everyone knows that it gets humid in Georgia. As we move from summer to autumn, you are likely looking forward to a drop in the heat and humidity. However, you may be surprised to learn that the reduction in humidity we experience during the cooler months can be problematic. This is especially true if you run your central heating frequently and the humidity becomes too low in your home.

Signs your home’s air is too dry:

  • Your skin is dry
  • You’re experiencing chapped lips
  • You’ve been getting nose bleeds
  • You’re experiencing congestion or snoring at night
  • You have a persistent cough despite not being sick
  • You’ve noticed more static shocks when walking on carpets

Another surprising sign that your home’s air is too dry is that the quality of your sleep decreases. As the above list shows, dry air can cause several physical symptoms, like congestion and coughing. This can keep you awake at night or cause your sleep to be interrupted. So, what should you do?

The Benefits of Using a Humidifier in the Fall & Winter

In cases where you are suffering physical symptoms from excessively dry air in your home, installing a humidifier may help. When installing a humidifier, you have a couple of options. You can start by purchasing a small room humidifier, typically used to improve the humidity in a small area. Many people place these on their nightstands and run them at night while they are sleeping.

Some of the health benefits of using a humidifier include:

  • Reduced asthma or allergy symptoms
  • Reduced dry skin & itchiness
  • Reduced static in your home
  • Improved sleep

In cases where you struggle to balance the humidity in your home or your whole home is suffering from dry air, you may wish to install a whole-home humidifier. These systems not only help alleviate some of the health-related symptoms of dry air but can also improve your overall comfort levels and the air quality in your home.

Why Install a Whole-Home Humidifier?

Most people will find a room humidifier sufficient for minor humidity issues. However, if humidity or lack thereof is a frequent problem throughout your home, it’s worth considering installing a whole-home humidifier. It is also worth consulting with an experienced indoor air quality specialist like ours at Premier Indoor Comfort Systems, LLC to diagnose why you are having these issues.

Whole-home humidifiers can:

  • Improve indoor air quality
  • Support your HVAC system
  • Improve your health
  • Reduce cold and flu symptoms
  • Reduce static electricity

It may also surprise you that low humidity levels can damage your furniture and upholstery. Installing a whole-house humidifier can help mitigate and prevent that damage.

Choosing the Right Humidifier

While whole-house humidifiers aren’t the most expensive home appliances, they can still run you several hundred dollars. Higher-end models can even cost over $1,000. You want to ensure you are selecting the right product to best address your particular needs.

Types of whole-house humidifiers include:

  • Drum
  • Flow-through
  • Spray-mist
  • Steam

If you are tired of dealing with poor air quality and the problems associated with low humidity levels, reach out to our team. We can walk you through your humidifier (and dehumidifier) options to help you determine what option is best for you.