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10 Reasons Your Family Needs a Humidifier

Do I Need a Humidifier?

Here in San Diego, we enjoy the benefits of a moderate and comfortable winter – for the most part. Unfortunately, we also live in an environment that is dry in the winter. While this helps us stave off the snow, ice, and freezing temperatures of other parts of the country, it wreaks its own havoc.

Dryness in your air – especially inside your home – can cause a lot of sneaky symptoms and other problems to your health and to your home. While we chalk many of these symptoms up to the throes of the winter season, there’s another culprit – a lack of humidity. Run through this checklist to see if any of these problems are all too familiar – or if you remember them from last year. If so, you may be at risk of living in a too-dry environment:

Common Dry-Air Problems

Cracking skin – especially at the joints
Chapped lips
Dry eyes
Frequent nasal congestion or nose bleeds
Dry, scratchy throat
Cotton mouth
Coughing – especially a very dry, unproductive cough
For asthma sufferers – more frequent flare-ups at home or while sleeping
Chronic snoring
Dry, itchy skin
Brittle hair and dandruff
Cold, flu, or bronchitis outbreaks throughout your family

Cracking paint or wallpaper on your walls or other structures
Damage to wooden furniture or beams
Cracking leather inside your home
Cracked or brittle upholstery inside your home
Wrinkled or cracked book pages and bindings
Astronomical utility bills when you run your heat

Sound familiar? You DO Need a Humidifier!

What will a Humidifier do for me?

Humidifiers work to regulate the rH, or relative humidity, inside of your home. They’re gentle, safe to operate – even around babies and children – and they’re good for everyone in your family if your air is too dry! Even your pets can avoid itchy, flaky skin and the same dry, wintry symptoms you suffer from when the humidifier is running. The humidity your new humidifier will bring to your air restores a balance which allows your family to breathe easier and may even stave off the kinds of bacteria that thrive in dry environments – keeping you all healthier. Moisture in your air will also protect your walls, your furniture, and your energy bill. Your heat will crank on less often if the air is moist, thus making it feel slightly warmer. The dry air here in San Diego is cool, making your heater work extra & costing you a fortune!

For more on the benefits of humidifiers, check out our infographic here & share it with your loved ones, to keep their homes and health top-quality this fall & winter! Tweet @AirmaxxHVAC and let us know how your new humidifier makes you feel!

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Please note: though humidifiers are reputed as being helpful, if not preventive during cold and flu season, we’re HVAC specialists & not doctors. We can’t promise any health benefits or curative powers of humidifiers but we sure hope yours makes you feel better this winter! Thanks, Airmaxx.

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Tips To Improve The Air Quality Inside A Home

The majority of homes rely on heating and cooling systems to distribute cold or hot air. However, it is easy for dust, pollen, tobacco smoke, bacteria, dust mites, or mold to get into these systems compromising the quality of air indoors. Here are some of the most effective ways of ensuring this does not happen.

Installing Humidifiers

A humidifier is a device that produces steam to keep the level of moisture indoors high. One can opt to install an ultrasonic humidifier, central humidifier, evaporator, steam vaporizer, or impeller humidifier. According to the Mayo Clinic, the humidity level inside your home should range from 30 to 50%. Low humidity can cause problems such as irritation of nasal passages, dry skin, and itchy eyes. On the other hand, high humidity can make your home feel stuffy as well as enhancing growth of mold and bacteria. Humidifiers help you control air moisture.

 

Installing Energy Recovery Ventilators

Unlike a humidifier, an energy recover ventilator (ERV) is a mechanical device that removes stale polluted air from your home and replaces it with fresh air. To achieve this goal, an ERV passes air from your house through a heat exchanger. Inside this component, heat transfer occurs from the warm outgoing air to the cool incoming air. The aim is to ensure cold air from outside does not reduce the comfort levels inside a building. To conserve energy, you can use sensors or humidistats to turn on an ERV when humidity levels are too high. Take note that an ERV is quite different from a heat recovery ventilator. An HRV only transfers heat to incoming air while an ERV transfers both heat and some moisture.

Installing Air Filtration Systems

Air filtration systems vary depending on the nature of pollutants one would like to remove. Standard air filters come in handy if you would like to remove particles such as dust from the air inside your home. When it comes to removing pollutants in the form of gases, it is advisable to go for gas phase filters or Photocatalytic Oxidation (PCO) filters. The problem with PCOs is they are not quite effective in clearing gaseous pollutants.

To clear biological pollutants such as mold spores and bacteria, you need an ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) air filter. Finally, you could install ozone generators to clear biological, gaseous, and particle pollutants. A major drawback associated with ozone generators is the gas they produce (ozone) can irritate the lungs.

All said, it is neither impossible nor difficult to improve the air quality inside your home and keep it free of pollutants such as pollen, mold spores, or dust mites. This is because you can use devices such as humidifiers, air filtration systems, and energy recovery ventilators to achieve this goal. What’s more, there are portable air cleaners on the market that you can actually move from one room to another in your home.

Ways To Improve The Air Quality Inside Your Home

There are many things that you can do to improve the air quality inside your home. You can only live comfortably in your home, if there is sufficient air supply. All particles and impurities must also be removed from air before it is allowed into the house. Furthermore, the air should have the right temperature and moisture content to ensure that the body takes it in easily. For all these to happen, there are some devices and systems that must be installed at home.

Humidifiers Help Control Air Moisture

Humidifiers are appliances that increase the moisture content of air. There are different types of humidifiers to suit the needs of different users. For instance, there are humidifiers that are connected to the HVAC system of the entire house. These appliances can humidify air circulating in the whole house. There are also some appliances which are designed to humidify air in a single room. Common types of humidifiers include vaporizers, ultrasonic humidifiers and the impeller humidifier. These devices can greatly improve the quality of air in your home.

The Importance of Air Filtration Systems

Air from the external environment normally has many different types of impurities. For instance, there might be pollen, smoke, dust, seeds, spores of micro-organisms, eggs of insects and many other types of impurities. An efficient air filtration system can get rid of all these impurities so that only clean air can get into the air circulation system of your house. There are many types of HEPA filtration and air purifiers in the market today. Most indoor systems also get rid of dust and impurities that may already be inside your home. For the best air filtration systems, you may want to give strong consideration to companies that have many years of experience and all the relevant certifications.

 

Temperature Regulation

During hot summer months, a house can be uninhabitable if there is no air conditioning. AC units have the same principle of operation as refrigerators. The refrigeration system lowers the temperature of air as required. You can set the preferred room temperature on the device. When room temperature rises beyond the required level, the cooling process will be activated. Air conditioning systems can increase heating bills significantly, so there is need to have an energy efficient cooling system at home. Manufacturers of HVAC systems are nowadays producing energy efficient cooling systems. This has been made possible by the technological advancements in the industry. When shopping for an AC unit, it is important that you buy an energy efficient cooling system.

The filtration, cooling and moisture-control systems in your home must be serviced on a regular basis to ensure that the quality of air in your home remains high at all times.