Beating the Dry Heat of Winter

Staying warm and cozy through the blustery winter months is easy when you have a reliable HVAC system, but it can also wreak havoc with your skin and sinuses. Raising wintry air to a comfortable temperature inside your home invariably dries it out, leaving the relative humidity in many homes hovering somewhere below the comfortable end of the scale. Fortunately, there is a solution to dry, irritating winter air inside your home.

In addition to making the air in your home easier to breathe, a humidifier can put an end to dry winter skin and hair. Also, a humidifier can actually keep you healthier during the winter cold and flu season, because viruses proliferate more in dry air than in a humid atmosphere. Installing a humidifier can also make a positive difference for those prone to winter nosebleeds. Because heating dry air is less efficient, the installation of a humidifier can also make a noticeable difference in your winter energy bills.

There are several makes and models of humidifiers on the market. There are smaller, portable units that can be easily purchased through a big-box retailer, but they’ll have to be moved from one room to the next and carefully maintained throughout the season. Whole-house humidifiers, on the other hand, work with your forced-air heating system to change the moisture level in the air throughout your home. Contacting a local HVAC professional to discuss your options for whole-house humidifiers is a great way to determine your needs and discuss a plan of action. Call a licensed professional in your area to make arrangements for a humidifier installation before the winter heating season hits, and you’ll be able to stay warm without suffering the effects of dry heat.

Posted on behalf of James Smith, ClimateSmith LLC


Why Install A Whole House Humidifier

Keeping adequate and even moisture level in the air in your home is important for both health and comfort. Too much moisture can lead to mold and other spore growth while too little can cause irritation to health conditions and even can be hard on surfaces within the home. A whole house humidifier helps homeowners adjust and control the moisture in the air, creating a healthy, warm environment.

How Whole House Humidifiers Work

When the weather turns colder and homes need to be heated to stay warm, devices such as furnaces can remove the moisture from the interior air. When air is dry, there is increased static electricity, wood surfaces can dry out and crack and it can become drying on nasal passages and sinuses. While smaller humidifiers may help bring moisture into one area, whole house humidifiers work with the heating system to maintain an even humidity throughout the home.

Most of these large humidifiers are connected in with the furnace or heat source and add moisture to the warm air being distributed through the home. The water they use can be in a large reservoir or hooked into the homes water supply system. The type used can often be determined by the quality of the tap water in a home, as some tap water can cause build up in the system as the water evaporates and leaves minerals and other residue.

Improved Air Quality

Adding a whole house humidifier can improve the air quality in your home, especially for those who sufferer from sinus and respiratory ailments. It can also stop skin and wood surfaces from becoming dried out during the winter months. Consult with a professional to determine what type is best for your home and to understand what maintenance is involved.