Is a Humidifier Necessary in Destin?

Posted by Tom Vatter

Typical gated community houses with palms, South Florida. Light effect appliedIt’s true, those of us in Florida are typically dealing with too much humidity, not too little of it. So why would we even consider the installation of a whole-house humidifier in your home? Especially considering the high humidity we’ve been dealing with just this week?

Well, you may not have noticed, but there’s a good chance that a lack of moisture in the air this past fall and winter contributed to higher energy bills. This is because both of your HVAC systems—your air conditioner and your heater—exacerbate dry air. That is, they dry it out even more. And albeit only for a brief time here in Destin, that dry air makes your HVAC system work harder than it should have to, thereby causing a spike in your energy costs that you could have otherwise saved.

This isn’t the only benefit of a whole-house humidifier, either! Read on to learn more.

Humidity for Your Health

The title of this section may have you confused. Isn’t too much humidity bad for your health? After all, it encourages the growth of mold and mildew, which can make even the healthiest person sick. Since the majority of the year is, in fact, too humid and requires a dehumidifier in your home, it stands to reason that we get some reprieve when fall and winter come around.

We understand your logic. However, all it takes is a short amount of time with dry air to notice negative health effects. There is this common misconception that people are more susceptible to colds and other illnesses when the temperature itself is cold outside. Therefore, Florida residents rarely worry about such a thing—yet, still find themselves sneezing and sniffling this time of the year! That’s because the reason isn’t the coolness of the air, but rather the dryness of it.

When the air within your home is below 30% relative humidity, it dries up a lot of things. This includes your sinuses. When your sinuses are dried up, your immune system’s ability to fight off contagious illness declines. This means you are much more susceptible to getting sick.

Humidity for Your Home

It’s not just your physical health you need to worry about. Your home’s health can suffer from dry air, as well. While too much humidity contributes to mold growth and dry rot in the wood fixtures and furnishings of your home, too little humidity literally sucks the moisture out of these items, leaving you with cracked and damaged furniture, flooring, and any other wood items in your home (such as instruments).

Again, it’s important to stress that even though our dry periods are brief—we have much less of a problem as, say, states in the Midwest or the North—they can do some harm to you and to your home. But the professional installation of a whole-home humidifier is all you need to combat against this. If you already have a dehumidifier in place for the summertime—and we hope you do—then you know this system can be installed directly into your ductwork, discretely doing its job well out of sight.

Kool Breeze of Northwest Florida, Inc. is your trusted resource for indoor air quality and HVAC services in Destin, FL. Contact us today!

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