Wintertime in Lake Geneva, WI arrives with plenty of cold air and frozen precipitation. Cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm air, so your home could experience some issues with humidity control. If you’re debating whether or not to use a humidifier or dehumidifier during the upcoming winter season, follow these helpful tips.
Determine Your Home’s Humidity Level
The ideal indoor humidity level is 30% to 50%. If the humidity drops below this level, your skin will feel dry. Your eyes, nose, and throat may become irritated or itchy. Low humidity also causes static electricity buildup. Excessive humidity levels make your skin feel clammy. The moisture fuels the growth of allergens, such as mildew and dust mites. To determine your home’s humidity level, you can purchase a hygrometer, smart thermostat, or standalone indoor weather station.
When to Use a Humidifier
Use a humidifier if your home’s humidity drops below 30%. Many people find it easier to sleep at night in the winter if they use a cool-mist humidifier in their bedroom. If you become sick with a respiratory illness, a humidifier may offer relief from the swelling and irritation in your nasal passages, sinuses, and throat. For persistently low humidity levels throughout your home, consider a whole-home humidifier that works with your furnace or heat pump.
When to Use a Dehumidifier
Use a dehumidifier if your home’s humidity is higher than 50%. Bathrooms and basements typically have the highest humidity levels. Dehumidifiers condense the moisture out of the air, and they require a hose or drain to drain the water. If your allergies are worse in the winter, consider trying a portable or whole-house dehumidifier for relief.
Dignified Heating & Cooling is Lake Geneva’s trusted provider of indoor air quality solutions. We’re also available for heating and air conditioning maintenance, repair, and installation. Our boiler, hydronic, ductless, and hybrid heating and cooling solutions keep you comfortable throughout the year. For additional details about using a humidifier or dehumidifier this winter, reach out to us at Dignified Heating & Cooling today.Tags: Dehumidifier, Humidifier, Winter Weather