When the winter months settle in, people’s biggest concern is simply staying warm. After all, lack of heat isn’t just uncomfortable, but it’s actually unhealthy for you.
That being said, there’s another threat that should be front of mind – and that’s the overall quality of the air you’re breathing. When your furnace or boiler starts pumping heat, it dries out the air. And when the air gets dry, your chances of getting sick increases dramatically. When the air gets dry, our mucous membranes in our sinuses get dry as well, diminishing our body’s primary means of fighting against colds and airborne illnesses.
There are also other issues that dry air can cause – more specifically issues with your home and actual HVAC system. Dry air makes your HVAC system work harder because it always feels colder in your home when the air is dry. That same dry air can also damage wallpaper, furnishings and the like.
Simply put – dry air is not your friend! So how do we combat this? With humidifiers.
Humidifiers help add moisture to the air in our homes or in a specific space. You can buy small, portable ones that can be used to moisten the air in a specific room or; you’ll see them used as part of an actual HVAC system. These humidifiers keep the air nice and clean throughout your home at all times.
The biggest benefit of having more moisture in the air is that you’ll save a lot of money on utilities. The more humid air in your home – the warmer it’ll feel faster without your furnace or heater having to do excess lifting.
In addition, it helps to protect a lot of peripheral things in your home as well. You won’t have to worry about static electricity as much, your air quality will be better and if you have plants in the house, they’ll be better off, too.
A hidden benefit of investing in a humidifier for your HVAC system is that it works year-round. While we’re talking about the winter, you’ll run into similar issues in the summer as well. Air conditioners can also dry out the air in your home the same way heat does – and in the process, it’ll have to work a lot harder to cool your home. When the temperatures begin to change, your HVAC system won’t have to work so hard to cool your home.
If you’re looking to add or install a humidifier in your home, give us a call and we’re happy to give you a free consultation. Good luck!