The Benefits of a Whole-House Humidifier
As the days get colder, air gets dryer – including the air inside your home. That leaves you with three choices – slather on the moisturizer, deal with dry skin and respiratory issues, or change the level of moisture in the air.
If you choose the third option, you’ll need a humidifier.
You’re probably familiar with the small, portable humidifiers that you set up in individual rooms – just fill them with water and let them pump in warm (or cool) vapor.
But a whole-house humidifier takes this functionality to a whole other level. Installed directly into your cooling and heating system, the humidifier unit pumps water vapor into the air distributed through your ductwork – you can simply control humidity levels through your thermostat, just like air temperature.
A properly humidified room can help you overcome the many ill effects of over-dry air, including:
- Health problems – Over-dry air makes your body more prone to infection, since it dries out some of your body’s initial defenses against germs. Many viruses thrive in low-humidity environments – which means you’re more likely to catch the flu or a cold.
- Discomfort – Over-dry air can aggravate asthma and allergies, and lead to dry noses, sore throats, and cracked, itchy skin.
- Property damage – Over-dry air can cause harm to wood floors, plaster, paint, furniture, and artwork – not to mention causing damage to delicate electronics and musical instruments with static shock.
- Lower energy efficiency – Dry air feels cooler, so you’ll need to increase air temperature to feel warmer. That means less efficiency for your system – and higher bills for you.
To learn more about installing a whole-house humidifier on a new or existing heating/cooling system, contact Bolkema today for a FREE estimate!