A whole-house humidifier is a humidifying system installed into the heating and cooling system of a home. The humidifier is regulated by a humidity sensor that keeps the humidity in the home between 40 and 50 percent. Fifty percent humidity is the ideal humidity for humans because it prevents many of the problems associated with high or low humidity, such as mildew or drying wood. In addition to the quality and wellbeing of your home, a whole-house humidifier can provide many other benefits in comfort, health and energy savings.
A higher humidity level can cause a room to feel warmer. This means that with higher humidity you can lower the temperature of the home by two or three degrees without feeling any difference. This can save on heating costs during the winter. Set the humidifier settings to keep the humidity between 40 and 50 percent for best results.
Dry air can have an adverse affect on your health. Dry air causes dehydration, resulting in cracked and dry skin and sore throats. Dry air can also be a breeding ground for illnesses that thrive in dry climates. Dry air can lead to respiratory problems, especially in individuals who already have allergies or breathing problems. Bringing the humidity level up to 50 percent can prevent many of these issues.
Humid air also feels more comfortable than dry air. A higher level of humidity in the home will prevent dry skin, chapped lips and sore throats. Humidity levels around 50 percent will feel warmer on the skin than dry air.
For more information on adjusting your humidifier settings or installing a humidifier, contact us at Geisel Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing. We serve the greater Cleveland area with HVAC services. We can answer any questions you may have about humidifiers and the benefits and energy savings they can provide.
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