Humidifiers have many benefits — they improve scratchy throats and nasal passages, dry skin, and many other allergy symptoms. However, humidifiers can make your allergies worse if you don't take care of it properly.
5 Humidifier Mistakes You Should Avoid
1. Ignoring humidity levels in your home
When we talk about humidity levels, we're talking about the level of water vapor in your indoor air. You should be keeping your humidity levels below 60% in the summer and between 25% and 40% in the winter (EPA).
2. Allowing humidity levels to rise too high
Keep an eye out if your humidity levels rise too high. If your curtains and pillows are damp or there's condensation building up on your windows, your humidity is too high! Little humidity can improve your allergy symptoms, but excessive levels of humidity can make your symptoms feel like they're 10x worse.
3. Using tap water in your humidifier
If you use tap water in your humidifier, it will promote bacterial growth. So instead of breathing in fresh air, you'll be breathing in bacteria instead.
4. Letting water sit in your unit
You don't want to let water sit in your humidifier for days in between uses because a film can form on top, which can cause bacteria to grow. Make sure you empty the water in the tank when you don't use the machine (even for one day).
At Rescue Air, we have the expertise to determine if there is a problem with your indoor air quality, and from there, we’ll know the right steps to take and make things right. Your problems are our problems – that’s why we stress quality of service, speed of arrival and affordability.
If you need your indoor air quality checked or improved in Richardson please call Rescue Air Heating and Cooling at 972.201.3253 or visit our website to schedule an appointment.