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Humidifiers

Humidity in the home is a factor that most people don't often consider. Think about it now; likely what comes to mind is summer, or rainy days, and how it affects your comfort levels outdoors. Humidity is a huge factor in indoor air quality comfort, however, and high or low humidity can affect many things of which you may not even be aware.

Low Humidity in the Home

Low home humidity, when the air is too dry, can affect your health. From dry skin to dry sinuses, it can range from discomfort in some cases to extreme cases of cracked and bleeding skin in extreme situations. If, like so many people do, you have allergies or even a cold, it can exacerbate the symptoms and make you even more uncomfortable.

Problems with low humidity don't only affect you – your wood furniture, accents, and even your flooring and trim can be harmed by dry air. Like dry skin, wood will crack with too little humidity, causing it to warp. The longer wood is exposed to low humidity conditions, the worse such problems will get; this can lead to a range of decorative issues and, in extreme situations, can even cause structural damage.

Dry air is also unkind to your heating systems, as it doesn't hold heat well. Even if your system is properly maintained and well-cared for, you won't be getting maximum comfort. If you have an air purification system, dry air can sap its efficiency; airborne particulates are less likely to be caught by filters in dry air and are more likely to escape the system to gather on carpets and other surfaces.

High Humidity in the Home

Just as you have to worry about low humidity, you also don't want high humidity in your home. Think again about how uncomfortable humidity makes you on summer days; it's just as bad in your home. With allergies and asthma, high humidity makes it harder for you to breathe and can make the symptoms worse.

Wood is as affected by high humidity as by low humidity. High humidity can also cause warping and disfiguration; on top of that, you have to worry about mold. Along with bacteria and viruses, mold prospers in damp air. Not only will this detract from your indoor air quality, but mold can grow on wood, damaging it. A damp house is an open invitation for these sorts of contaminants.

Since humid air naturally holds more contaminants, adding mold to the situation only makes the air quality worse. Even if you do have a well-maintained purification system, damp air will force it to work harder to remove all of the pollutants and particles.

Humidity Specialists

Just as irregular humidity levels can affect everything from air quality to the health of your family and your home itself, C & C Heating & Air Conditioning carries plenty of solutions. Our expert and knowledgeable staff can help you pick the humidifier that not only meets your needs, but also matches your current heating and cooling systems. Once your humidifier is installed, we can show you how to care for it, and how to prevent humidity problems going forward. If you have humidity problems – or just want to know more – give us a call to see how we can help!
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