Adding humidity to a home in the South may sound crazy, but as outdoor temperatures plunge, and you turn the heater on, the air in your home can quickly become uncomfortably dry.
Common signs that the air in your home is too dry are:
After temperature, humidity is the most important factor in determining your family’s comfort level. A whole house humidifier is the most efficient way to find the perfect balance of humidity in your home. Whole house humidifiers work with your existing heating and cooling system to add the just-right amount of moisture into the air. The level of humidity is then monitored and controlled by your thermostat.
The Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier
Have you ever wondered why you catch more colds in the winter? It’s because cold and flu viruses thrive in low humidity environments. Our respiratory systems have a mucous membrane that defends our bodies from germs and viruses. To do its job well, the mucous membrane must remain moist. When it dries out, our throat and nasal passages become raw and irritated, and we are unable to fight off illnesses. Putting humidity back into your home can reduce the incidence of respiratory ailments and allergies. And if you do become ill, a whole house humidifier makes your symptoms more manageable and speeds recovery.
Your skin will also thank you for increasing the humidity in your home during cold, dry months. Chapped and cracking lips, dry skin, dermatitis, and eczema are vastly improved with the addition to moisture in your home.
People report that they sleep better in homes with whole house humidifiers. In general, this is attributed to being healthier and not being woken up by coughing, sore throats, and sneezing. Also, people snore less when their respiratory systems aren’t dried out.
Cracked skin, chapped lips, and sore throats do not have to be a given in the winter months. You can improve and even eliminate symptoms like these by increasing the humidity – and the comfort level – in your home. You can also prevent or lessen the effects of asthma attacks and allergy symptoms by installing a whole house humidifier.
SAVE ENERGY AND MONEY
Did you know that humid air feels warmer than dry air at the same temperature? It’s true! Humidified, heated air allows you to keep your thermostat set several degrees lower while enjoying the same comfort level throughout your home. This, of course, saves you money on your heating bill! According to the EPA, you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat.
Dry air wreaks havoc on your respiratory system, and it does the same thing to porous materials in your home. Artwork, furniture, woodwork, wood floors, pianos and other musical instruments, plaster, and paint can all be adversely affected by dry air in the home.
Now that you know more about the benefits of whole house humidifiers, give us a call to see if installing a system is the right step for you.
Please don’t hesitate to ask questions to get the information you need to have a healthier, more comfortable, winter.