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Do I Need A Humidifier Or Dehumidifier For My Home?

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Do you ever struggle with excess moisture in your home? In the hot and humid months, humid air can make you feel sick, make everything feel damp, and smell musty. On the other hand, in the cold months of the winter, you would give your right arm for a little moisture!
 
As your lips crack, and your skin itches, humidity sounds like a good idea. With all that said, it’s no wonder people are unsure about which system is right for their home; a dehumidifier or a humidifier?
 
Not to worry, however, we have your answer. There are many health benefits and general pros to both systems, and we are going to give you the rundown on both so you can make an informed decision.

Health Issues In The Air

Health risks that are associated with too humid or too dry air are significant. Let’s start with the risks related to air that is too humid.

  • healthissuesIncreased Allergies
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Itchy and Watery Eyes
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Skin Rashes
  • Aggravated Asthma and Emphysema

Risks associated with air that is too dry can actually be similar to those risks associated with air that is too humid. Dry are irritants are as follows:

  • Irritated and Itchy Skin
  • Irritated and Dry Eyes
  • Dry throat, Cough, and Nose
  • Trouble Breathing
  • Allergies
  • Bloody Nose
  • Sinus Issues
  • Dry and Chapped Lips.

With health effects overlapping, there is a good case for a dehumidifier and a humidifier. Below, we will take a look at some of the pros of both systems to further help you make a decision.

Humidifier Benefits

humidifiersWhen the dry and cold weather sets in, you will start to notice issues like dry skin, cough, and brittle fingernails. Unfortunately, these are not the only issues. With a humidifier in place, you will start to see a difference.
 
You will notice results such as better hair, skin, and nails. You will also have better breathing with reduced allergies. It is also not just allergies that can be reduced, but the common cold as well. Research has shown that air levels that have a level of 40% humidity make it more difficult for germs and allergens to survive.
 
Besides those health benefits, you can expect to see a reduction in snoring, and items in your home such as your hardwood floors, and indoor plants, will appreciate the humidity that gives the moisture they need. These benefits point to humidifiers as being good ideas when the air is especially dry. Not only will they help with health issues, but they can make your home a more comfortable place.

Dehumidifier Benefits

dehumidifiersA dehumidifier is the exact opposite of a humidifier. It removes excess moisture in the air allowing you to feel more comfortable in the hot months. When you have a dehumidifier working in the summer, you will see reduced allergies and easier breathing especially in those with respiratory issues.
 
You can also notice the reduction of odors caused by mold, mildew, and excess moisture allows odors particles to attach more security in humid atmospheres. Beyond that, you can have a decrease in your energy costs as your AC will not have to work as hard to remove excess humidity.
 
A dehumidifier is a quiet system, so you will not have any disruption to your life. What you can expect is the dampness of humid air to dissipate. Items such as clothing, furniture, towels, curtains etc will be able to dry out more easily.
 
All said and done, there are many benefits of having a dehumidifier in place for the humid months of summer. You can expect to breathe easier, have less out of pocket costs for bills, and have a fresh and pleasant living environment.

Korte Can Help

At this point, you may have a better idea of what you need to combat air that is too dry and too humid. It has become popular in years past for people to have both a dehumidifier and a humidifier installed in their homes due to the overall benefits of both.
 
Korte Does It All, Inc is available to assist you with both projects. We have knowledge and experience in the field and we are ready to help you achieve optimal temperatures for your home. Give us a call today to set an appointment at (260) 493-2596.