DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A Good Morning America report that aired Monday (http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/dirty-humidifier-37628469) focused on portable home humidifiers with some “creepy” results. Experts found that ten out of ten portable home humidifiers tested contained bacteria, likely caused by improper cleaning, and three of ten had mold.
“The story highlights the need for proper indoor humidity to create a comfortable and healthy home,” said Dave Moody, Vice President of Marketing for Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning. “It’s an important factor, and portable humidifiers are really a band-aid. They don’t address the issue of high humidity at all and, as we saw, they can actually cause more danger to your indoor air quality. The right heating and cooling equipment can ensure balanced humidity in your home, along with comfortable temperatures. An expert technician can check the humidity levels in your home as part of a routine heating or air conditioning system tune-up and make recommendations based on the findings.”
Moody added that more effective whole house humidifiers can be incorporated into any heating and cooling system, and they will maintain humidity levels throughout the home. Whole home central dehumidifiers also eliminate extra moisture during the more challenging summer months when humidity is at its highest.
“Unlike portable units, a humidifier that is part of your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) equipment doesn’t require weekly cleaning. It should only need to be checked as part of your annual furnace and AC tune-up, and Service Experts technicians will clean and adjust the humidification system for you as part of our tune-up.”
Too much moisture can make indoor air feel stuffy and warmer than the actual temperature and promotes the growth of microbes, mildew, fungi, bacteria and viruses. Too little moisture can contribute to dry skin, sore throats and respiratory problems. Improper humidity levels are also not good for wooden furniture, including floors, paneling and musical instruments. Experts say the ideal indoor humidity level for comfort is between 35-50 percent. Keeping the humidity level between 45-50 percent helps inhibit the growth of microbes.
Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, based in Plano, Texas, is one of North America’s largest heating and air conditioning service companies, with over 90 locations serving more than 2,000 homes and businesses per day. Service Experts service centers provide heating repair, air conditioning repair, indoor air quality sales, HVAC system sales and installation, HVAC maintenance and HVAC repair service for both residential and commercial markets. Find Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning at ServiceExperts.com or facebook.com/ServiceExpertsHeatingandAirConditioning.