Are you suffering from allergies, asthma, or dry skin that never seems to get better?
Part of running a healthy and comfortable household is being able to control the exact settings that change the temperature as well as the humidity and cleanliness of the air indoors. For many, living in Western New York means that we get to enjoy mild summers that often lets us keep our windows open instead of using air conditioning. However, having clean circulated air is important for those with allergies or who are used to living in maintained environments with specific humidity and filtration levels.
The Purpose of Whole House Dehumidifiers
During the warmer months, some people pick up dehumidifiers that they find in the store, which work well for dehumidifying smaller spaces in your home – like a single bedroom. Whole house dehumidifiers cut down on the need to individually control small areas of your home and allow the entire home to remain at comfortable and controlled settings.
Controlling the Humidity in Your Home
In northern climates, humidity is much less of an environmental factor than areas to the south. However, humidity actually plays a huge part in our health despite the negative connotations it has in other areas of the United States.
For example, humidity is something that your body actually uses to keep your body hydrated and to avoid chronic dryness and irritation.
In the winter, have you ever noticed that the inside of your nose becomes dry and cracked? This is caused by the extremely dry and frigid air, and it’s also the reason our skin tends to become so dry and itchy during non-humid months as well.
During those cold months, using a humidifier is a great way to keep everyone comfortable while better maintaining the environment of your home. Summer, on the other hand, is a different story.
When Western New York starts to warm up, it can be tricky to control the humidity of your home when the outside atmosphere has extremely high humidity. In the north, many houses have wood floors and furniture that are sensitive to fluctuations in indoor humidity and can become swollen or warped if it is left uncontrolled.
This is where dehumidifiers come in. When a homeowner has a whole house dehumidifier installed, not only are they able to control the humidity within every room, but they also benefit from additional filtration that’s extra useful during allergy season.
Dehumidifiers work with your existing heating and cooling systems to pull humid air through their filtration system and cool it to the point where the humidity turns into condensation before it is pushed through your entire home.
Why Air Cleaners are so Important to Your Health
Many HVACs have air filters installed directly within their systems, keeping the air in your home free from allergens and other irritants that may exist in the air outside. One of the most important parts of home ownership is making sure that your air cleaner is in top working order and that you keep your filters clean.
If keeping the air in your home clean and filtered is a priority to you, there are air cleaners that are installed within the ductwork of your home to provide a higher level of filtration to the air that the filters in your HVAC may not be able to reach alone.
Individuals or children who suffer from allergies, asthma, or who have compromised immune systems benefit from living in filtered air. By having clean air in the home, you are effectively creating a safe space that’s free from the pollution outdoors and allowing your body to recover.
Make sure you are keeping your filters clean and that you change them out at least every six months. This is important to maintain your health, maintain the level of cleanliness to your home’s air, and to maintain the function of your HVAC. With over-clogged filters, your HVAC will have to work harder to distribute air, which could lead to maintenance issues down the road.
Have Any Questions?
If you want more information about the humidity and filtration systems in your home, or if you have any questions about your HVAC or furnace, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’ve been serving the Western New York area since 1929 and pride ourselves on helping the community stay comfortable and healthy in their homes.