Ever been walking through your home, touched something, and felt a shock? Ever had trouble with your hair having static, making it impossible to control no matter how much you get used?
What about the times you get ready for bed and notice your sheets feel damp? Or, just watching television makes you feel sweaty.
Both scenarios indicate your indoor air quality is not what it should be. Whether your air is too dry or too moist, you can experience problems like allergies, nose bleeds, sinus infections, dry mouth, coughing, and even asthma.
Humidifiers are the solution. While they aren’t magical or have special powers, they make you feel like they do. They can help you keep your home’s interior humidity level between 30% and 50%, which is recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Phoenix HVAC professionals recommend a whole-home humidifier for the best results.
What Is A Whole-Home Humidifier?
Most people start small, like with one room humidifier. They use it, notice improvements, and then decide to add humidifiers in other rooms in the house. Before they know it, they have spent hundreds of dollars on numerous small humidifiers. This also means they must maintain each humidifier daily by emptying tanks filled with water. That’s a lot of potential splish and splash of water on your floors, which can mean more cleaning.
A whole-home humidifier is built right into your heating and cooling unit, allowing it to control the humidity throughout your home. In the long run, this is much more efficient and effective. You can take extra steps to increase their efficiency, like the ones listed below.
Change The Filter
The filter on your heating, cooling, and the humidifying system keeps toxins flowing through your home and into your body. It is crucial to change the filter regularly.
How often you change the filter can vary based on your HVAC system’s manufacturer recommendations. However, at least once a month, please take out the filter and inspect it. If it looks dirty, it is dirty and needs to be cleaned or replaced.
While this is one of the simplest tasks, many people get so busy with work and personal responsibilities, and they forget to check the filter. It is only when they notice their indoor air quality has changed.
Ask your local Phoenix air conditioning and heat expert to find out if you can place timers on your system to make sure you maintain a filter checking schedule.
Check Humidity Levels
With a whole-home humidifier, you shouldn’t have to check humidity levels too often. The new systems are super smart. Even so, it is never a bad idea to confirm your system is running correctly. You can have an HVAC technician from AZ Perfect Comfort run humidity level checks, or you can purchase a hygrometer, an inexpensive device that accurately reads humidity levels.
We get that not everyone wants or needs a whole house humidifier and that smaller products work just fine in your Phoenix home. Hygrometers come in handy and are available in the base model, which check humidity levels. Some fancier models test not only humidity levels, but also temperature, carbon dioxide, toxic chemicals, and dust.
Check The Water
You are probably already checking your water levels each day and emptying the water basins when they are full. If you have a whole-home humidifier, and depending on the Phoenix weather that can change daily, you must check for any changes in how your water drains.
Check for leaks and condensation, and if either is discovered, contact your local HVAC company.
Another tip is to check the type of water your humidifier uses. Tap water contains minerals and sediments like calcium and magnesium. Sometimes tap water has other minerals, and sometimes it has contaminants, depending on where your supply originates.
Any additives in your tap water can cause a film buildup in your humidifier. If you see white dust forming in the water of your humidifier, this is a sign your water is not pure. Anything that circulates through the humidifier will eventually flow into the room and your body.
Most professional HVAC techs will recommend distilled or demineralized water to fill your humidifier, which can also reduce how often you must clean the tank. And when you do clean the tank, make sure you use a natural cleaning solution. As mentioned before, whatever is in your humidifier will circulate into your home.
Working with a professional heating and cooling company that understands humidity in the local area can help you create the right plan to control moisture in your home.