Why You May Need a Humidifier or Dehumidifier
DFW weather can be characterized as humid sub-tropical in the summer. This is due to typical wind patterns which bring humidity from the Gulf of Mexico.
In winter, the weather is described as continental, due to short periods of extreme cold during a full Arctic outbreak. These brutal cold air masses usually originate in Alaska or northern Canada, and can penetrate all the way to the Gulf Coast.
Anyone who has lived in DFW for a while knows, we have periods of time in the summer when the outside humidity level is as much as double the healthy level for inside your home. In the winter, there are periods of time (following a cold front coming into the area) when outdoor humidity can be a small fraction of healthy indoor humidity. The humidity level inside your home should be 30–50% year round.
Health effects of low humidity
- Energy bills rise because a home with low humidity needs to have a higher temperature for comfort
- Breathing dry air is a potential health hazard which can cause such respiratory ailments as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds, or general dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.
- Skin moisture evaporation can cause skin irritations and eye itching.
- Irritative effects, such as static electricity which causes mild shocks when metal is touched, are common when the air moisture is low.
- The “apparent temperature” of the air is lower than actual thermometer, so the body “feels” colder
Effects of High Humidity You and Your Home
The most easily noticed effect of humidity over 60% is you feeling hotter than it really is. That’s because more humidity in the air means your body’s natural cooling mechanism cannot function as well as it should.
- Energy bills rise because a home with high humidity needs a lower temperature for comfort.
- Viruses, bacteria, fungi, molds, and mildew thrive on high humidity
- Dust mites proliferate. Dust mites live in carpeting, upholstery, mattresses, bed linens & pillows and other soft fabrics.
- Allergens bloom.
- Mold grows on ceiling,walls and floors, especially near corners where insulation is less.
- Algae grow.
- In DFW the climate lends itself having both high humidity (in the summer) and (low humidity in winter).
Keep Your Home's Air Clean!
Call Al’s for more information about our Indoor Air Quality solutions and how we can help you keep your home’s air clean and fresh. 972-225-5257
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