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The Principles Behind Humidifiers

Salt Lake City, UT suffers from extremely dry air in the winter, and that can be almost as big a concern for you household as low temperatures. We highly recommend installing whole-house humidifiers to halt dry air in its tracks and alleviate the problems associated with dry air. A humidifier itself is fairly simple: just a wick connected to a reservoir of water and a fan that blow across the wick to release moisture into your home. But what does that do precisely, and why is dry air such a problem? We’ve broken down the issue with the principles behind humidifiers, to give you an idea of how it all works.

What Happens When Humidity Drops?

Humidity is usually measured in terms of relative humidity, gauging the percentage of moisture in the air. 100% humidity is basically rain while 0% humidity is no moisture in the air at all (something which only rarely happens on this planet). We usually need relative humidity levels to sit between 30% and 50% to be comfortable. In the winter, humidity levels drop, since the lowering temperatures cause the ambient moisture in the air to coalesce into liquid droplets (which is one of the reasons why you get dew in the cool early hours of the morning).

Why Is That a Problem?

When relative humidity levels drop below 30%, you start to feel it. Your skin becomes dry and cracked, the mucus membranes in your nose and throat dries up (leaving you more vulnerable to colds), state electricity increases, and your heater has to work harder, since the lack of moisture makes the air feel colder than it is. All of those issues are addressed by a whole-house humidifier: making your home more comfortable, easing the strain on your heater, and reducing the instances of illness in your family.

Call At Your Service to install or repair a whole-house humidifier.

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