With the recent spike in heat across the country paired with very little rain, air quality is poor.
During a drought, it’s easy to assume the presence of pollen would be less. However, the dry climate actually creates the opposite effect, causing pollen to continually cycle through the air.
Unfortunately, we bring this pollen, dust and dirt into our homes, creating a bad situation for our indoor air quality. Dry air alone can bring forth throat dryness and respiratory problems.
However, there is a simple solution: Purchasing a humidifier. Putting a humidifier in your home will help the indoor air quality when humidity levels are less than normal. Adding moisture in the air will help with dry skin, cold, flu, allergies and even asthma.
As with many products for the home, there are many different types and models of humidifiers to choose from. Manufacturers offer humidifiers for warm weather conditions and for cold weather conditions. Humidifiers for cold weather use a heating element, such as steam, a vaporizer or a misting device.
The heating method warms the water in the unit, then it emits into the air. Humidifiers for warm weather don’t use a heating device. Instead, they put moisture into the air by way of an impeller, an evaporation wick or ultrasonic technologies.
If you decide to purchase a humidifier for your home, make sure to follow the suggested safety measures to avoid any problems in your home. Measuring the current moisture in your home is a good start, so you don’t over moisturize.
Regularly cleaning the humidifier and refreshing the water in its tank will keep your air quality top notch and prevent bacteria and mold from appearing. Use distilled water to curtail the rapid growth of micro-organisms. Clean all of the attachments and parts on a regular basis, especially after pulling the unit out of storage from the dry, summer months.
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Home is Where the Health Is is written & published by Thompson Plumbing Heating & Cooling