We all know that humidifiers help with relieving allergy, cold and flu symptoms, reduce snoring, and reduce dry and itchy skin by increasing the moisture in the air. But what about the many ways that humidifiers can help our homes? Below are three ways that humidifiers can help your home:
Humidifiers are a boon for people who love to surround themselves with houseplants. In addition to sufficient light, plants need water from both the air and soil for good health. Low humidity stunts the growth of plants and leads to dried or brown leaves. Most houseplants, including cactus, thrive when humidity levels are at least 40%. Having a humidifier keeping the air at 40-60% humidity results in lush, green plants.
Installing new hardwood floors is an expensive undertaking, but well cared for, they can last a lifetime. Wood expands when wet and shrinks when dry, which can lead to shrinking, cracking, squeaking, or gapping in your floors. This is important to consider as many installation warranties are voided if the flooring isn’t correctly cared for. In addition to proper cleaning, maintaining the right levels of moisture are essential.
This is also true if you have antique wood furniture. Just like your hardwood floors, valuable antique furniture requires sufficient moisture in the air to keep them in top shape. Using a humidifier to keep the air moisture at 35-55% humidity will keep floors, and valuable antiques, at their best.
Increase Personal Comfort
Increasing the moisture in the air can increase the comfort of you and your family. For example, static electricity increases with cold, dry air. How many times have you been zapped opening a door, hugging your child, or petting your dog? This can be a frustrating and sometimes painful event. Keeping humidity levels in your home at 30-50% can reduce the amount of static electricity in your home.
Maintaining adequate humidity in your home also makes the air around you feel warmer, resulting in you and your family feeling more comfortable. This may allow you to reduce the temperature setting on your furnace, reducing heating costs and saving you money on utilities.
Purchasing and using a humidifier can make a significant difference in the life of your family and your home by improving your health, your comfort, and even saving you money by protecting your houseplants and wood floors. Humidifiers allow us to enjoy the beauty and warmth of our homes.