23 humidifier

I live in an area with sweltering summers and temperatures that regularly soar into the triple digits.

It is a dry heat that results in a lack of essential humidity.

Ideal relative indoor humidity should be maintained between 40% and 60%. We deal with overly dry air for the majority of the year, and it negatively impacts comfort, health, skin, hair and even a good night’s sleep. Studies have proven that properly humidifying the indoor air lessens the risk of infection from airborne virus particles by 86%. Dry air pulls moisture out of everything it touches and can be especially bad for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Low humidity levels decrease skin elasticity and can accelerate the formation of fine wrinkles. It also dries out and weakens hardwood floors, cursing the wood to shrink and contract. There is the potential of damage to antiques, musical instruments and various home furnishings. Aggravated symptoms of allergies and asthma, chapped lips, blood noses, headaches and inflamed mucous membranes are some of the many consequences. To improve indoor air quality and comfort, I have researched the different types of whole-house humidifier. There are bypass, fan-powered and steam-style humidifiers that work to distribute necessary moisture back into the air throughout the living space. Because of the square footage of my home, I chose a steam-style option. The humidifier wasn’t over expensive, operates quietly and costs little to run. It requires maintenance just once per year. I like the ability to customize humidity levels according to the season and my preferences. Having the humidifier helps to make the home feel warmer at lower thermostat settings in the winter.

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