Dallas, TX homeowners are no strangers to high heat and humidity. You know the uncomfortable feeling that comes with high humidity, but do you also know that too little moisture in the air can cause its own set of problems?
Relative humidity levels in the home should be kept between 30% and 50%. Especially during the winter months when natural moisture levels drop, it can be hard to maintain proper humidity levels inside. When air becomes too dry, both you and your home will feel the effects.
Dry air inside the home can cause problems such as:
- Dry skin
- Respiratory issues
- Increased susceptibility to illnesses
- Static electricity
- Damage to wood flooring, cabinets, and furnishings
- Peeling wall paper
Keep moisture levels up in your Dallas, TX home this winter with the following solutions:
Install a Whole Home Humidifier
Whole home humidifiers are extremely useful in your fight against dry air. They are installed to work with your heating and cooling system, adding needed moisture to the air as it circulates through your home.
Whole home humidifier options include:
- Bypass humidifiers: Bypass humidifiers use the furnace or air handler’s blower to distribute moisture throughout the home – they do not have their own motor. Because of this, they use less power than other models. Bypass humidifiers are installed upon a dedicated bypass duct connecting the humidifier to your heating system. They use a water pad to infuse the air with moisture as it passes through the unit.
- Fan-powered humidifiers: Fan-powered humidifiers also use a water pad to add moisture to the air. They use their own blower to distribute moisturized air into the home, so they can be used even if your HVAC system isn’t on. This style of whole home humidifier does not require bypass ducting.
- Steam humidifiers: Steam humidifiers infuse the air with steam to add moisture. They offer higher daily moisture outputs and are ideal for treating dry air across larger homes and spaces. They are connected to your HVAC system but can operate independently.
Purchase Room Humidifiers
While whole home humidifiers are ideal for treating the entire home, if your home seems to have only an area or two where controlling dry air seems to be an issue, a room humidifier may be a more cost-effective solution. Room humidifiers range in capacity so be sure to measure the area you want to humidify so you can purchase a humidifier that is capable of handling the room’s size.
Room humidifiers come in several different types, each operating using a different process but with the same outcome: adding moisture to your indoor air. However, they require more maintenance in comparison with whole home models, including regular cleaning and disinfecting as well as filling the unit’s water reservoir.
Don’t suffer from dry air in your Dallas, TX home this winter – All Service Heat and Air has the solutions you need to add moisture and stay comfortable. Contact us today!