Idaho is an incredibly biodiverse state, but the most densely populated part of the state is in high desert. Though we often see precipitation pass through the area moving in from other parts of the PNW, living in a high desert climate can be characterized by generally dry, mild winters and summers. The upside to the dryness is that heat waves and cold fronts are much more bearable, but the downside is the havoc a dry climate can wreak on your system. Symptoms of complications from dryness include dry skin, irritated sinuses, throat, and eyes, as well as worsening allergies and nasal congestion. If you’re suffering from dry conditions, you would be wise to add a humidification system to your home. It’s recommended to keep humidity levels between 30-50% in your home. Adding a humidifier to your home not only improves your health, but also protects your home’s structure from the effects of dry air.
There are a few different types of humidifiers you can use:
1. Steam: This system uses heat to create a steam which is then evaporated into the air.
2. Impeller: This method produces a cool mist into the air through disks rotating at high speeds. This is comparable to the personal misting fans on often finds distributed at theme parks.
3. Evaporators: This type of humidifier would typically be for one to two rooms in your home, depending on the layout. Through the use of a wet wick, and a fan pushing the humidity into the air.
4. Central Humidifier: This system is a part of your central heating and cooling system, which is great because it can help maintain humidity levels all throughout your home. These systems are typically more expensive, but also the most effective.
When you start using a humidifier, maintenance is key. Especially if you use an evaporator humidifier, or any humidification system that uses a wick, be sure to change it regularly. Likewise, be sure to monitor the water levels in your system to ensure its doing the job. Keep an eye on the humidity levels in your home to make sure they aren’t too high, as over-humidification can promote the growth of bacteria and mildew. All in all, though they require some maintenance, the benefits far outweigh any of the nuisance, especially in a climate like the Treasure Valley, Idaho.
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