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    May 28, 2015

    posted by: McCall's Supply, Inc.

    How Do I Know If I Need to Add a Humidifier or Dehumidifier to My Home This Summer?

    How Do I Know If I Need to Add a Humidifier or Dehumidifier to My Home This Summer?

    Discover the product upgrade benefits to humidity (or lack thereof).

    Indoor Humidity Control

    Most customers question what the real product upgrade benefits are when an HVAC contractor makes suggestions. However, when it comes to a humidifier or dehumidifier, the advantages may be clear, but it can be hard to know when you really need one in your home. Here’s how to tell:

    More Humidity in the Winter

    The winter months are considerably drier than the summer months. When the humidity levels drop in your home, there is a solution: a humidifier. But how can you tell if you need one? One of the primary clues will be in how you feel. Do you have any of these symptoms?

    • Scratchy throat
    • Itchy, irritated eyes
    • Dry skin
    • Irritated sinuses
    • Increased number of colds

    Any of these symptoms could be a good indicator you need a humidifier in your home during the winter.

    Less Humidity in the Summer

    Where the winter months are dry, the summer months are humid. And coming into a nice, air conditioned house doesn’t always get rid of all of that moist air. You could benefit from adding a dehumidifier to your system.

    With humidity in the summer you can often feel it in the air and on your skin. While humidity is good for you, too much can be bad for your home and uncomfortable. Do you see any of these signs in your home?

    • Window condensation
    • Musty odor
    • Clothes take far longer to dry
    • Mold or mildew present

    If you notice any of these signs, you could benefit from a dehumidifier. The priority is preventing dangerous mold, followed by the need to protect your belongings from all that extra moisture.

    There are some pretty specific signs you could use a humidifier or dehumidifier in your home. For more information on these products and the product upgrade benefits, locate your nearest McCall’s dealer.

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