Is Humidity Beneficial in the Home?

Have you noticed that more and more people seem to be investing in home humidifiers? It’s definitely a growing market!

In 2019, the global humidifier market size was estimated at $2.9 billion.  Believe it or not, it’s expected to reach a staggering $5.1 billion in the next 10 years.

Since humidity refers to heightened levels of water vapor in the air, you’re probably wondering why this would be considered so desirable in a house. In fact, there are many advantages associated.

Read on to learn about the benefits of increased humidity—as well as its potential dangers. Then, you can decide if you want to invest in a humidifier of your own!

What Does a Humidifier Do?

A humidifier is a device that’s designed to release water vapor or steam, thereby increasing the levels of moisture in the air.

There are different types of humidifiers available. You may find that your home heating and air conditioning system already has a central humidifier built into it, for example.

Some humidifiers are ultrasonic. Not only do they produce a cool mist, but they also generate an ultrasonic vibration. An impeller humidifier uses a rotating disk to increase moisture. 

Another kind of humidifier is an evaporator, which uses a fan and blows air through a filter, belt, or wet wick. Lastly, you might buy a steam vaporizer, which runs off electricity. The steam it creates is cooled before it leaves the machine.

Why Do People Want Humidity in Their Home?

You may not realize this, but dry air is responsible for causing and exacerbating a range of health conditions. It makes moisture evaporate from the skin, and it can even worsen respiratory conditions.

People invest in a humidifier to address these problems. If you suffer from dry skin, irritated eyes, or cracked lips, you might find that a humidifier in the home can alleviate your symptoms.

Coughing often? Experiencing sinus headaches? These are other reasons to consider buying a humidifier. You’re less likely to suffer dryness in the throat and airways if humidity levels are increased.

Allergy sufferers might find that increased humidity helps them feel better. Given how many problems are associated with dry indoor air, it’s perhaps unsurprising that humidifiers have become such a popular purchase!

Can Humidifiers Be Dangerous?

If you’re planning to install a humidifier in your home, bear in mind the following risks:

  • Dirty water in the tank would create dirty vapor, which shouldn’t be inhaled. Hard water should also be avoided as this will emit minerals into the air.
  • Humid tanks can be a breeding ground for germs if they aren’t cleaned regularly.
  • Excessive humidity can worsen respiratory conditions by making breathing more difficult.
  • Common allergens such as mold and mildew can develop in humid conditions.
  • It’s possible to burn yourself on a steam machine, so you should be especially careful if you have children at home.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has stated that a range of 30-50% is appropriate when it comes to indoor humidity levels. Anything above 60% is considered dangerously high.

Looking for information about how to safely increase your home’s humidity levels? Contact the expert team at Beehive Heating and Air for personalized advice.

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