As cool temperatures begin to set it, the air will noticeably become drier. One way to replace the moisture is with a humidifier.
Most of you are probably familiar with the small, portable type that can be set up in an individual room. You fill the tank with water, turn it on, and the machine puts humidity into the air until you turn it off or it runs out of water. In contrast, a whole house humidifier is installed directly into your heating and cooling system. The level of humidity is monitored and controlled by your thermostat and an even level of moisture can be released into your house all year long. Here are some added benefits of a whole house humidifier –
- Many viruses thrive in low-humidity environments and an overly dry environment can make you more susceptible to infection. Putting humidity back into your home can reduce the incidence of all these conditions.
- Dry air can damage many things in your home, such as electronics, walls, woodwork, and your beautiful hardwood floors. When you supply your home evenly with the proper amount of humidity, you are protecting it and the contents from the adverse effects of dry air.
- Static electricity, bloody noses, chapped lips, sore throats, and cracked, itchy skin…all are aggravated when the air is dry. Enough said.
- Low humidity can cause higher energy costs! Keeping your home’s humidity at ideal levels will help you feel warmer, so you won’t need to turn up the thermostat. According to the EPA, every degree you lower your thermostat can result in a 4% savings on your heating bill.
- Maintenance of whole house humidifiers is easy and infrequent (usually two times/year). Compare that to portable humidifiers that require you to refill the tank and clean regularly. Plus, it is nearly impossible for portable humidifiers to maintain a proper level of humidity (and too much moisture can lead to a whole other set of problems!).