Humidifiers are small machines that add moisture to the air. They’re available in a range of sizes from units that humidify a small room to whole-house humidifiers. At MD Air Conditioning & Heating in San Antonio, we offer installation and maintenance of whole-house humidification systems. We can help you to strike the right balance of indoor humidity levels so that you can reduce or eliminate problems caused by dryness and avoid issues created by humidity levels that are too high. Achieving the right indoor humidity level in your San Antonio home offers many benefits to your comfort and health, including the following seven advantages.

1. Prevention of Influenza

A few scientific studies have determined that an indoor humidity level of at least 40% quickly inactivates the viruses that cause influenza. This makes the particles less infectious, so another person in your house is less likely to get infected by someone else’s germs. Higher humidity levels could also be helpful against other respiratory viruses, including rhinoviruses that cause the common cold and the coronavirus co-variant that’s causing the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Help With Creating a Productive Cough

A dry cough associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), emphysema, bronchitis, asthma, COVID-19, and other respiratory conditions and diseases can be a frustrating experience. Adding humidity to the air can turn a dry cough into a productive one. When your airways have sufficient moisture, it’s easier for your body to cough out the mucus. This could help you to get better faster. A productive cough also releases sticky or trapped phlegm.

3. Reduce Snoring

If you, your sleep partner, or someone else in your household snores, the noise can keep everyone up at night. Snoring is also associated with sleep apnea, poor quality sleep, and disrupted sleep. Adding humidity to your home’s air may relieve some of the snoring problems. A well-lubricated airway allows a person to breathe more quietly. Reducing the dryness could also lessen the frequency, noise level, and duration of snoring at night.

4. Keep Your Skin and Hair Moisturized

Dry indoor air is harmful to your hair and skin. You might notice your hair is dry and difficult to manage. Your lips may become dry and cracked. Your nostrils could also dry out and crack, causing pain or irritation. The skin on your hands and feet may crack, while the rest of your skin could get flaky or itchy. Dandruff can also increase when your house’s air is dry. Even your pets may get itchier or have coat problems when the indoor air is too dry. Increasing the humidity in your residence with a whole-house humidifier could provide relief to your entire family and their bodies.

5. More Comfortable Throat

Dry air impacts your throat. If you find yourself clearing your throat a lot or feeling like it’s a bit scratchy, the dry air could be to blame. You might also notice that your voice is scratchy or sounds tired. Dry vocal cords may cause this. An increase in your home’s humidity level could provide you with relief from throat irritation and a hoarse voice.

6. Less Static Electricity

Although static electricity doesn’t cause a health problem, it does hurt when you feel the zap. Dry indoor air may cause you to experience static electricity whenever you stand up, walk across the floor, pet your dog, touch a family member, or pick up your laptop. By increasing your home’s indoor humidity level to at least 40%, you can reduce or even eliminate the problem of static electricity.

7. Fewer Sinus and Nasal Problems

Sinus congestion and headaches are common and frustrating experiences. Sinus congestion and the associated headaches are worsened by dryness. When you have adequate moisture in your airways, the mucus thins. Thinner mucus is easier to blow, cough, or sneeze out of your body. You may also get fewer sinus infections by adding humidity to your house’s air. This is due to the mucus getting out of your sinuses faster. Many people get nosebleeds when the air is too dry. Giving a boost to your home’s humidity level could reduce the frequency or severity of nosebleeds.

Our HVAC technicians at MD Air Conditioning & Heating in San Antonio also offer heating and air conditioning maintenance, repairs, and installation services for all makes and models of residential and commercial HVAC equipment. Our other services include maintenance agreements and indoor air quality solutions. Call MD Air Conditioning & Heating today for more information about whole-house humidifiers for your San Antonio, Texas, home.

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