Should You Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier in the Winter?

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Should You Use a Humidifier or Dehumidifier in the Winter?

Both humidifiers and dehumidifiers are necessary for optimal humidity control, overall comfort and for good indoor air quality. Which to use can depend largely on the season of the year and the amount of moisture in the air inside your home. Whether you need one or the other or could benefit from both depends on your specific home situation. In some cases, having a humidifier and a dehumidifier may be the best solution.

Do You Need a Humidifier or Dehumidifier?

During the winter months, inside air tends to be drier because we need heat to keep us warm, and heat will remove moisture from the air. When the air is too dry, skin tends to be dry and may even crack. Sinuses can dry out and cause us to develop infections. Besides the physical effects of too little humidity, there will likely be static electricity in the air, which isn’t great for the electronic devices in our homes. 

When there’s too much moisture in the air, mold and mildew can result, which adversely affects our bodies in other ways, and causes damage to carpets and furnishings in our homes. If you have a heated basement, there’s a possibility the humidity level can be too high even in the winter, in which case a dehumidifier would be necessary.

Get a Humidifier or Dehumidifier from Merts

Merts Heating & Air Conditioning has trained Comfort Specialists available to evaluate your home’s indoor environment. They have the tools needed to check the humidity levels inside every level of your home, including the basement. Once the amount of moisture in the air has been determined, they will provide the information you need to address your specific indoor air needs.

The indoor air quality products and services Merts offers include humidifiers that work as an accessory to your furnace, dehumidifiers to remove excess moisture from the air and air purification systems to make your indoor environment the purest and safest it can be.

Merts has been providing quality products and services for 70 years. Call Merts today to schedule your complete evaluation of your indoor environment. Let us help make your home comfortable and safe throughout the winter season and more.