Can I use a humidifier or dehumidifier in winter?
In the summer, air conditioners, humidifiers, and dehumidifiers get used all the time for their effortless cooling functionality. In the winter, they tend to get packed away ready to be used next year, but they can actually be very useful in taking out or adding moisture to the air when it’s needed. Too little or too much moisture can actually be harmful to your health; high moisture environments allow mould and allergens to produce while low moisture in the air can aid the production and spread of viruses.
If your windows are often fogged up with condensation or you get black mould growing around window frames, on ceilings, and on walls, your house may be too humid. Too much water in the air can cause mould and allergens to produce and thrive. A dehumidifier will process this humid air and extract the moisture from it, minimising moisture build up on surfaces and throughout the room. It is more common for houses to become too humid in the cold winter months; this occurs and can be made worse by the mixture of hot air from the central heating and cold air from the outside.
Less commonly required through the winter, humidifiers offer that extra bit of moisturising air when you need it. If you often suffer from a dry mouth and dry skin, your house may not be humid enough and you could benefit from using a humidifier. If an environment isn’t humid enough it provides viruses with their ideal atmosphere for producing and spreading. Introducing a humidifier to your home will not only leave your skin and hair feeling softer, it will also add to your family’s health by keeping the air at optimum moisture levels.