I don’t know about you, but I always have to worry about humidity levels in my home. I live in Southern California, so the weather is always fluxuating. During the summer, my home gets humid and feels musty, while during the winter, my home feels dry and arid. As a result, I’ve had to purchase myself a hygrometer that tells me the humidity levels in my home. Otherwise, I know my house would be in terrible shape! I also have a dehumidifier AND a humidifier. That way, I’m always prepared for whatever weather conditions I encounter.
Dehumidifiers are great for removing humidity and moisture from the air. Many actually collect water from the air, so you have to empty it from a tank at the back of the unit. It gets annoying, but it is really worth the time and effort. When humidity levels are too high, you might experience severe allergies. Your home will suffer too, if you don’t take care of it! Mold growth, stains on ceilings/walls, and condensation on windows/mirrors are all effects of high humidity.
Humidifiers, on the other hand, are used to add moisture into the air. When the humidity levels are too low, you can experience chapped lips and skin, as well as respiratory problems. Your home won’t escape the effects of this either: you may find extreme damage to electronic equipment, your home, or your furnishings – or maybe all three!
If you need to find out just how bad your humidity levels are, simply buy a hygrometer or a humidistat – both of which can be found on air-n-water‘s website. Just make sure to keep humidity levels at about 30-50% during the summer and 30-40% during the winter. This keeps you (as well as your house) comfortable.