Should I Use an Air Humidifier in the Summer?

Most people know that using an air humidifier in the wintertime can help your indoor air from becoming uncomfortably dry. Guess what, you can use a humidifier to help combat dry air in the summer too while your air conditioner is operating all the time.

Dry air can cause these symptoms

People mention static cling and dry skin as the biggest issues of dry air. Dry air in the home or workplace irritates and may also lead to:

  • dry mouth,
  • cracked lips,
  • scratchy throat,
  • nasal congestion,
  • nose bleeds,
  • crampy muscles,
  • and itchy skin.

How low humidity occurs during cooling season

Your air conditioner or heat pump cools down your interior spaces by drawing heat out of your home’s air supply and expelling it outside. Moisture is extracted from the air as well and sent outdoors as a liquid via the condensate drain. A cooling system that’s efficient at dehumidifying can make the humidity level fall too low and leave you with uncomfortably dry air. 

A wonderful fix to dry air is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system that allows you to set your desired household humidity level right at the thermostat, so just enough moisture gets added to your conditioned air as needed.

By adjusting the humidity level in the summer throughout your home, you can:

  • Alleviate comfort and health concerns. You’ll experience less discomfort from dry-air issues like brittle hair, sore throats, itchy skin, nosebleeds, sinus problems and headaches. Since many of the bacteria and viruses responsible for the cold, flu and upper respiratory infections flourish in dry conditions, you’ll also suffer with these common illnesses less often. It can negatively affect asthma conditions.
  • Control static electricity issues. Static electricity is another painful symptom of dry air. These random zaps of electricity can permanently damage any device equipped with a semiconductor. namely electronics like televisions, computers, gaming consoles and cell phones.
  • Protect your home and furnishings. Moisture gets pulled from your home’s finishes such as the wood floors and trim, paint, drywall causing them to shrink, warp and crack when the air is excessively dry. This can also ruin or damage your artwork, wood furniture, musical instruments and books.

To learn more about the benefits of using an air humidifier in your Walton County Georgia home this summer, contact your local HVAC expert.

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