Humidity levels naturally fall along with temperatures in colder parts of the year. Unfortunately, when the air in your home becomes excessively dry, you can develop a number of health- and property-related problems. You can avoid dry air and its accompanying problems by installing a whole-air humidifier, a device that gives you control over moisture levels throughout the interior of your home.
Problems Caused By Dry Air
Excessively dry air in your home can have a direct effect on your health by making you an easier target for the many viruses known to cause the common cold. Low indoor moisture levels also make it easier for seasonal flu viruses to spread from person to person. In addition, they shorten the time needed for flu symptoms to appear in affected individuals. Dry air also has an impact on children with asthma by making it more likely that symptoms of this condition will occur, and by making those symptoms more severe once they appear.
Low-humidity conditions inside your home during the winter can lead to the appearance of cracks in any hardwood flooring, as well as in your walls and exposed woodwork. Overly dry interior air can also potentially lead to damage in your valuable electronic equipment. This is true because a low-moisture environment makes it easier to generate harmful discharges of static electricity when you touch the electronics in your home.
Dry air in your home may also lead indirectly to unexpected spikes in your heating bill. This can happen because your body naturally feels colder in low-humidity conditions than in high-humidity conditions, even at an equal temperature. When you feel chilly, the typical response is to dial your thermostat up a few notches. Since even small thermostat increases lead to higher utility costs, this practice may make your monthly bill an unwelcome surprise.
Install a Whole-Home Humidifier
A whole-home humidifier is a device that connects directly to the ducting network in your HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system. When you turn this device on, it adds moisture to the heated air coming from your furnace or heat pump. Since it’s tied into your ductwork, a whole-home humidifier lets you simultaneously moisten the air in every room in your house. An attached monitoring unit lets you check on current humidity levels and raise or lower the moisture content as needed.
As with other parts of your HVAC system, installation of a whole-home humidifier is best left to a trained, experienced HVAC specialist. This specialist can ensure that your humidifier is set up correctly and performs its intended function as expected. After a simple installation process, you’ll receive the year-round benefits of proper humidity control.
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