Humidifiers in Homes
It’s that time of year again, when the air inside your home is feeling a little dryer. The best thing you can do for you, your family, your wood flooring, furniture and trim work is to get your Humidifiers ON.
Humidifiers are generally used in houses and condos to maintain the moisture level in the atmosphere. During our Toronto Winter however, the relative humidity level may change by 10%. This can result in various health complications like dry throat, irritating eyes, chapped skin and even a nose bleed. It can also affect inside your House, Townhome, Condo, Loft or other Real Estate Property.
Engineered Hardwood Flooring can actually part in the seams if the Humidity Level is too low, especially in the Winter.
Proper Usage of a humidifier and correctly setting it helps in avoiding these minor Health and Home complications. A 10% change in this humidity is equivalent to approximately 1 degree Fahrenheit change in temperature.
The typical setting for a humidifier in the Winter is set at 30-45%. This is enough for our severe Toronto Winter months. If the temperature decreases below zero degrees, decrease the settings on your humidifier to 25% -15%. This will compensate the dryness in the air efficiently. Using the settings beyond this is not recommended for health reasons.
Winter Humidifier Settings
There should be a perfect balance between the outdoor humidity and indoor humidity. Here is a chart showing the perfect humidity which should be set corresponding to the outer humidity. According to this chart, setting the humidity level between 30 to 60 % is more than enough for the usual Detached, Semi-Detached Home, Townhouse or Condo temperatures.
Just like dry air, too much humidity in the air also is not good for health. If you can see small water droplets on your glass window, a few hours after you turn on your humidifier, the water level in the moisture is already high.
Exposing your home furniture to very high moisture level continuously is as harmful as exposing it to dry air for a long time. So be sure to turn off your humidifier at the right time.
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