Many North American homeowners are doing everything possible to keep their families warm this winter. However, there is a detail that many overlook — the warmer your air, the drier it is.
The recommended humidity range for your home and your health is 35-50%. During the winter, your furnace often strips the air of moisture during the heating process, which can cause the air inside your home to feel exceedingly dry. The best way to have a more energy-efficient and comfortable home during the winter is to control your indoor humidity.
By adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system, you can adjust humidity levels through your thermostat. You will have the ability to position the humidity to any level you want without worrying about switching the system on and off. At the end of the heating season, your humidifier can be drained and turned off until it is needed again. The only maintenance your humidifier should need can be performed by your Service Exerts technician as part of your regular HVAC tune-ups.
Humidity is oftentimes neglected as a component of indoor comfort and air quality. Examine these reasons why a whole home humidifier is worth the investment:
A lack of moisture in the air can dry out your nasal passages, bringing about irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and mouth and may even exacerbate respiratory illnesses. Installing a whole-home humidifier for your heating and cooling system can help clear your sinuses, moisturize your nasal passages, and improve your breathing. Adding moisture to your air is beneficial to your health. Whole-home humidifiers help minimize your risk of illness as viruses and bacteria do not thrive in moist air.
Since humidifiers add moisture to the nasal passages and respiratory systems, they could also help minimize snoring and, in some cases, do away with it entirely leading to a full night of uninterrupted sleep.
And, do you apply more moisturizing products in the winter? That may very well be due to the air drying out your skin and lips, leading to itchy, dull spots and cracks. Adding moisture from a humidifier will help keep your skin and lips smooth by preventing the dry, flakiness often associated with the cold winter months.
A whole-home humidifier doesn’t just add to your health – it adds to your wallet. Increasing the amount of moisture in the air usually helps your home feel warmer at a lower temperature, reducing your heating expenses. Low humidity can also decrease the efficiency of your home’s heating system. Air that captures more moisture can hold more heat, which means it will feel warmer. In turn, low humidity in your home means the air will seem cooler, causing you to have to turn up the heat more than necessary to be comfortable.
The dry, cool air can cause a lot of static. Is your family getting shocked more lately? A humidifier makes the air less dry and decreases your likelihood of being shocked at home.
Air that is too dry can also affect the finishes and furnishings in your home, especially those made from wood, causing them to shrink, warp, and crack. Low humidity could also have a negative effect on paper products, such as photos, posters, and books, resulting in them becoming more brittle.
We’ve discussed all the benefits of having a humidifier, but how do you make the decision to invest in a whole-home humidifier over a a single-room humidifier?
Although you can enlist single-room humidifiers to improve the humidity in certain areas of your home, this approach is not the most efficient.
If you’d like to learn more about increasing your home’s comfort and heating efficiency this winter, call Service Experts Heating, Air Conditioning & Plumbing at 866-397-3787 or schedule an appointment online for a free home air quality and comfort analysis.
By Brian Sodoma, for Service Experts With autumn coming soon, homeowners will soon be getting ready for the winter weather ahead. Cold weather places additional demand on your heating and cooling system. To prepare your furnace for the heavy work it will be doing, scheduled HVAC maintenance... Continue reading
The workplace is the main source of exposure to potentially harmful substances and pollutants – mainly air pollution, toxic chemicals and dust. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 3.2 million deaths worldwide have been attributed to airborne pollution in the past 10... Continue reading
As we enter the colder season with covid-19 still lingering here in Ontario, you must do everything you can to protect your business along with your employees and the important assets that help make your business run. Service Experts commercial HVAC has created a list to provide clients with... Continue reading
© 2023 Service Experts, Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning, and the Service Experts logo and design are registered trademarks of Service Experts LLC and used under license by SE Canada Inc. All Rights Reserved. *Not applicable to the Advantage Program. See your signed Advantage Program Agreement for full details and exclusions. 100% Satisfaction Guarantee is subject to certain restrictions and limitations as set forth in the applicable Terms and Conditions.