When dry furnace-heated air takes over your northeast Ohio home for the winter, you can counter the damaging effects with a whole-house humidifier. A whole-house humidifier installed in your HVAC system will circulate moisture throughout your home along with heated air. Besides low maintenance and control over your home’s humidity levels, they offer additional valuable benefits.
Dry air makes your body lose its moisture quicker, having a cooling effect on your skin. This makes your home feel cooler than when there’s more humidity in the air. When a whole-house humidifier adds moisture to your indoor air, you’ll feel warmer. Then you can lower the thermostat a few degrees, and take some pressure off your heating system (and household budget).
A whole-house humidifier allows you to balance your home’s humidity. At a relative humidity between 35 and 55 percent, you’ll feel more comfortable this winter. It’s definitely a plus to be able to precisely control the humidity in your indoor air.
Dry air can be a causal factor for winter coughs and colds as well. Not only does the dry air strain your respiratory system, but cold-causing micro-organisms love dry conditions, which means you’re more likely to get sick in a drier environment. Asthma and allergy sufferers especially feel the effects of dry air. Dry skin and dry sinuses are also caused by dry air. A whole-house humidifier can reduce the negative health effects of dry air.
Without proper humidity, your home can be vulnerable to damage. Dry air can cause paint and plaster to crack, as well as crack wooden beams, trims, floors and decorative molding. Dry air also damages wooden furnishings and wood-framed windows. Protect the wood features and structures of your home this winter by maintaining an ideal level of indoor humidity.
If you have more questions about the benefits that whole-house humidifiers provide, or want to know more about different models that are available, please contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We’ve served the greater Cleveland area for more than 77 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Western Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whole-house humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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