Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier
Did you know, that according to the EPA the average American spends 90% of their time indoors? In fact, USA Today states “People don’t fully comprehend the sheer amount of time they’re spending inside.” So much so that we are now being referred to as the “Indoor Generation“.
Considering this simple fact; it‘s important to make sure the air in your living space is at the proper humidity level year-round, Here’s why.
During the Fall &
Why You Should Consider a Whole-Home Humidifier For Your Family
Let’s take a look at some of the key differences between portable and whole-home humidifiers.
A major benefit to a whole-home system is that the humidifier itself is pretty much silent. This is contrary to portable units that 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. Plus, they have massively lower maintenance requirements. Whereas good portable units are often expensive, loud, heavy, require more maintenance, and take up valuable living space in your home. They can also be 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
Throughout the winter season, 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
Humidity although an important aspect of indoor wintertime health, is often ignored as an important overall element of indoor comfort and air quality.
Adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system, allows you to easily adjust the humidity in your air right through your home’s 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’s likely due to a combination of things; including cold air, dry indoor heat, low humidity levels, and harsh winter wind. All of which affect your skin and can quickly zap you of much-needed moisture. Not only leaving you with dry skin and lips, causing itchy, dull spots & cracks. But also by drying out your nasal passages, leading to irritation of the skin, eyes, nose & mouth.
Installing a whole-home humidifier as part of your HVAC system will not only clear your sinuses & moisturize your nasal passages; it can improve your overall breathing as well. This added moisture in your home’s air can even help to minimize snoring and, for some will eliminate it entirely! Giving you a better night’s rest and better overall wintertime health. But that’s not all, whole-home humidifiers are great for reducing the risk of the spread of viruses & bacteria! This is because most viruses do not thrive in moist air and as a result, will die off faster
Stop The Static
Are you dealing with dry staticky hair? Is your family getting shocked by the static electricity in your home? A humidifier can help by making the air inside of your home less dry. Thereby lowering your likelihood of being bothered by static electricity.
Save On Energy Bills
A whole-home humidifier doesn’t just add to your health – it adds to your wallet too! Simply increasing the amount of moisture in your air will help your home to feel warmer at a lower temperature. Saving you money on your monthly utility bills. This is because air that contains more moisture is better at maintaining heat, allowing your home to feel warmer longer. Whereas, low humidity levels have the opposite effect. They decrease the overall efficiency of your home’s heating system by causing your unit to kick on more frequently. Causing the air in your home to feel cooler and creating the need to turn up the heat more frequently to maintain a comfortable temperature.
The best solution to a comfortable more energy-efficient home during the winter is to control your indoor humidity.
Protection For Home Furnishings
Low humidity can also have an unfavorable effect on furnishings in your home. Especially those made of wood; causing them to shrink, warp or crack. It also affects paper products such as photos, posters, and books, as
Have you ever noticed the sound of a wood floor creaking as you walk across it? That sound could be caused by floorboards that have shrunk over time due to low humidity levels. Causing spaces between the boards to open up creating a creaking sound when you walk across them. 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 that 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 will continue to last for generations to come.
Considering adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system?
Contact a professional at Air Dynamics HVAC today.
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