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Benefits of a Whole-House Humidifier

People spend the majority of their time indoors now more than ever before. According to USA today “People don’t fully comprehend the sheer amount of time they’re spending inside.” In what is now being referred to as the “Indoor Generation“.

Considering the majority of people are spending most of their time indoors, it is important to make sure the air in your living space is at the proper humidity level year round.

During the Fall & Winter months, we tend to run our furnaces more often; this means dry air is often being recirculated throughout your home. This dry air can irritate our skin, aggravate asthma and allergy symptoms & even cause unexpected nosebleeds. You may be thinking, If I have a portable humidifier…

Is it worth it for me to consider a whole-house humidifier?

Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between the two

Another added benefit of the whole-home system is that the humidifier itself is pretty much silent, while many portable units rely on noisy fans to distribute humidity throughout the area. Taking all of this into consideration, It’s really a no brainer.

A whole-house humidifier costs about the same amount to purchase as a similar quality portable unit. These humidifiers use less energy to operate, run quietly, don’t take up living space, can properly humidify a much larger area better than a portable unit & have massively lower maintenance requirements. While good portable units are often expensive, loud, heavy, require more maintenance and take up valuable living space and are often very maintenance heavy. Requiring frequent filter cleaning or changing.

A central humidifier draws water directly from the plumbing system and can cost literally pennies every year to operate; whereas portable units require re-filling the reservoir and cleaning every 3 days.

Install It & Forget It

Humidity although an important aspect of indoor wintertime health, is often ignored as an important overall element of indoor comfort and air quality.

Throughout the winter, your furnace often strips the air of much-needed moisture during the heating process. This causes the air inside your home to feel dry and irritating. The EPA recommends a humidity range of 30-50%. For more detailed information on the recommended humidity level based on the temperature outside, you can check out this article by Aprilaire.

By adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system, you can easily alter humidity levels through your thermostat. When the heating season is over, your humidifier can be drained and powered off until it is needed again next season. The only maintenance your humidifier should need can be performed by your Air Dynamics technician during your regular HVAC tune-ups.

Healthy Air, Healthy You

Have you ever noticed that you apply more moisturizing products in the winter? That may very well be due to the air drying out your skin and lips, causing itchy, dull spots and cracks. A lack of moisture in the air can dry out your nasal passages, leading to irritation of the skin, eyes, nose & mouth. In some cases, dry air can even cause exacerbated symptoms in those who suffer from respiratory illnesses.

Installing a whole-home humidifier to your heating and cooling system can help to not only clear your sinuses & moisturize your nasal passages; it can improve your breathing overall. This added moisture could also help minimize snoring and, in some cases, do away with it entirely! Giving you a better nights rest and better overall wintertime health. Whole-home humidifiers are great for reducing the risk of the spread of viruses and bacteria by helping to minimize their survival rate, as most do not thrive in moist air.

Stop The Static


Dry air can create a lot of static. Especially during the winter months.

Is your family getting shocked more lately? A humidifier makes the air inside of your home less dry, lowering your likelihood of being shocked by static electricity.

Save On Energy Bills

A whole-home humidifier won’t just add to your health – it will add to your wallet too. Increasing the amount of moisture in the air helps your home feel warmer at a lower temperature, saving you money on your heating expenses each month. Air that contains more moisture can better maintain heat, which means it will feel warmer. Whereas low humidity levels can actually decrease the overall efficiency of your homes heating system. In turn, causing the air in your home to feel cooler and the need to turn up the heat more frequently to remain comfortable.

The best solution to a comfortable more energy efficient home during the winter is to control your indoor humidity.

Protection For Home Furnishings

9 Things Your Homes Low Humidity Is Ruining

Low humidity can have an unfavorable effect on the furnishings of your home. Especially those made of wood; causing them to shrink, warp or crack. Paper products such as photos, posters, and books, are also at risk for damage as air that is too dry can cause them to become more brittle over time.

Have you ever noticed the sound of a wood floor creaking as you walk across it? That sound may be caused by floorboards that have shrunk due to low humidity levels, causing spaces between the boards to open up. How about a door that squeaks or doesn’t seem to shut right anymore? This too could be a result of repeated low humidity levels which can cause warping due to repeated expanding and contracting.

Using a humidifier with an automatic control system is an excellent way to ensure your home doesn’t become too dry. The automatic control system will adjust itself to ensure your home remains at an optimal level of humidity.

Wood furniture is often some of our most beautiful, and expensive possessions. Protecting it against damage from humidity is one of the easiest ways to ensure these valuable pieces last for generations to come.

Considering adding a whole house humidifier to your HVAC system?

Contact a professional at Air Dynamics HVAC today.


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