The Importance of a Humidifier During Winter
Does your home need a humidifier? Humidifiers are used to add moisture to the air inside your home during the dry winter months. There are different types of humidifiers; the first is Evaporative. Whether it is Bypass or Powered, they both work in the same way as they use your HVAC systems heat draw to turn water into vapor. The other is Steam; these humidifiers heat water until it boils to produce steam and create humidity. Humidifiers can help protect your family and your home by controlling the humidity levels inside.
Humidifiers for Winter
Dry air can not only be a health hazard, but it can cause issues to your heating systems efficiency & damage your home. The moist air from a humidifier can be used to protect the moisture level of your skin and preserve inside your home, such as wood floors & furniture. You should be careful when setting the humidity level in your home as too much humidity can also have adverse effects. For the best results, your humidifier should be set between 30-45%; this range has proven to be the most optimal for homes. It helps keep the humidity levels balanced and will not cause damage to your home. There are several benefits from using a humidifier during the winter; including:
- Health, Energy Conservation
- Home Preservation
Our Comfort Specialists can help you in selecting the right humidifier for your home and comfortability level.
Humidity for Health
Maintaining the right humidity level throughout your home not only helps keep your skin free from irritation caused by dryness but it also keeps nasal passages and airways healthy. This in turn helps your susceptibility to catch colds and the flu which have a higher transmission throughout dry air in the winter months.
By creating humidity in the air, your nasal passage will open and let mucus flow easier, giving you less trouble breathing. It is also a great way to reduce irritants in the air that can trigger allergies or asthma.
Humidity for Preservation
The humidity level is an essential factor in preventing problems caused by dry air throughout your home. Your wood doors, crown molding, floors, and furniture could be damaged from moisture loss. Dry air can cause bubbling, gaps, ruin home décor or cracking in wood & furniture. This damage happens when dry air sucks out the needed moisture in your home. These issues can have long term effects that can cost you money to repair or replace them. One of the most sensible ways to minimize damage and extend the life of your home is to address the condition of your indoor air and humidity.
Humidity for Comfort
A humidifier is a necessity during the winter because the heated air from a furnace is dry. That dry air has a low humidity level that will absorb moisture from you and everything inside your home. This in turn makes you uncomfortable as well as wasting energy and money in your heating system by trying to keep you warm. Dry air does not hold heat well so by adding water vapor from a humidifier, it balances the humidity, moist air feels warmer and prevents your furnace from working overtime. Therefore, a humidifier can help you and your home feel comfortable when your thermostat is set at a lower temperature keeping your utility bills lower. Since we spend more than 90% of our time indoors and, on average, at least a third of our day in our homes you can see why it is important to invest in humidity control.
Our Professional Services for Humidifiers
Contact Christian Heating and Air Conditioning Inc. and ask about our humidifiers and learn how they can benefit you. One of our Comfort Specialists can walk you through the best option for your situation. For more information about humidifiers, you can check out our options here.