Keep Your Family Comfortable by Installing a Humidifier
As temperatures fall, the air indoors and outdoors can’t hold as much humidity, creating uncomfortable and sometimes unhealthy conditions indoors. A central humidifier that attaches to your forced-air heating system conveniently supplies the moisture that’s lacking in the air. Although there is some expense associated with this HVAC upgrade, the investment will pay for itself in better comfort and health for both you and your home.
Problems Dry Air Can Cause
The physical effects of overly dry air include:
- Itchy, chapped skin and skin cracks.
- Increased allergic and asthmatic reactions.
- Dry, irritated eyes.
- Static electricity shocks.
- Greater vulnerability colds and the flu.
Dry air harms your home by:
- Cracking or warping anything made from wood, including flooring, cabinets and furniture.
- Damaging electronics and appliances from static electricity.
- Increasing heating costs.
Ideal Humidity Levels
Indoor air should have a humidity range between 30 and 50 percent to stave off the effects of dry air. Maintaining it at these levels is challenging, especially when the furnace runs frequently and dries out the air even more.
Opting for a central humidifier solves the problems associated with dry air, and it’s much easier to use your central heating system to supply the moisture you need than using portable devices. A central system fills itself automatically, requires cleaning once or twice during the heating season. Portable units need weekly cleaning, require expensive distilled water and frequent refilling. At best, a portable system will improve humidity levels in one room or area only, so for even comfort throughout your home, you’ll have to use several.
Central systems tap into your home’s plumbing for both water supply and drainage. Most use the principle of evaporation and run soundlessly. A humidistat controls the system’s operation, making it effortless to manage a healthy humidity level.
For more information about a whole-house humidifier, contact Sobieski Services. our goal is to help our customers in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey learn more home comfort and energy issues – especially HVAC and plumbing – so that they live in healthier, more comfortable homes and save money.
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