When cold, dry air enters your home and is warmed to room temperature, the relative humidity in the average house can drop to as little as 5%. Compare that to the average 25% relative humidity of the Sahara Desert and you can understand why the air inside your home can seriously affect your health and comfort. Since various studies have estimated that most people spend as much as 90% of their time at home indoors, there???s reason to be concerned about indoor air quality.
How does dry air affect my comfort?
Since the air in your home is always trying to reach its saturation point, it will absorb water wherever it???s found. That means it is stealing moisture from the bodies of you and your children, your pets, your furniture and even your house plants. By giving up moisture to the air, your skin, throat and nasal passages dry out and crack, leading to various physical discomforts. That???s why many doctors recommend humidifiers for allergy and asthma sufferers.
Results of dry air?
- Dry nasal passages that can cause nose bleeds, increased allergy and asthma symptoms; greater occurrences of bronchitis and sinusitis
- Feelings of dehydration
- Dry skin
- Cracked woodwork
- Static electricity that can harm electronics
- Cost $$$! Dry air causes gaps in window & door frames, letting cold outdoor air in; causing you to turn up the heat and increasing your heating bills! Controlled humiditiy from the GeneralAire?? Elite Steam Humidifier allows you the luxury of dialing the thermostat back & reducing annual heating bills. For example, 68?? at 40% relative humidity feels just as warm as 74?? at 20% humidity. Setting your thermostat back by as little as three degrees can reduce annual heating bills by as much as 5%.
Research has shown that 30-60% relative humidity is ideal.
How do I select the right humidifier for my home? Use the GeneralAire?? humidity calculator on generalaire.com! Go to support / Humidity Calculator. The calculator will help you determine the gallons per day you’ll need to properly humidify your home. Once you know that, simply select the type of humidifier you prefer that also accommodates the gallon per day requirement.