Are Humidifers Beneficial in the Winter?

January 5, 2021

Winters here in northern Illinois are notorious for being cold, windy and generally unforgiving. On the bright side, locals don’t have to suffer through the muggy, high-humidity summers that many Southerners do. Although nobody wants a humid summer, humidity can actually be quite helpful during the winter.

The Basics of Humidity

Humidity refers to the level of water vapor in the air. Although water vapor usually can’t be seen by the naked eye, it can have a major impact on your wellness. Relative humidity measures humidity as a percentage of the maximum amount of water vapor that the air can hold.

By nature, warm air carries more water vapor than cold air. Using heaters pulls even more water vapor from your home’s air, which can affect your health and wellness.

Reduce the Spread of the Flu Virus

In 2013, a study co-funded by the CDC and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that high humidity levels limit the spread of influenza. Better known as the flu, influenza is commonly spread by the tiny droplets humans release when we talk, cough and breathe.

The flu virus is more easily spread in low-humidity environments. Using a humidifier could limit the spread of viruses during winter.

Enjoy Better Hair and Skin

Many people suffer from dry, cracked lips during winter. This is directly related to low humidity levels and cold, harsh winds. Raising your home’s relative humidity level can improve your hair by making it less fragile and frizzy. It can also make your skin less flaky and dry.

Save Some Money During Winter

Humidity makes you feel hotter during summer. It also has the same effect during winter. As such, a humidifier could help you save money during the cold season.

Indoor air quality can substantially impact your life. Here at CSL Climate Control Company, we thoroughly assess our clients’ living situations and recommend industry-leading humidifiers for their homes in Wheeling, IL, and the surrounding areas. We also have air cleaners, dehumidifiers and ventilation systems, all of which can improve your home’s air quality. Besides that, we offer a complete range of heating, cooling and indoor air quality services, including installation, repair and maintenance. Reach out and call us today!

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