Every winter when the cold sets in, humidity levels drop sharply. Without the summer sun to warm any nearby bodies of water, there is no natural source of humidity to keep your home comfortable. The result is discomfort, potential damage to your furniture and even a drop off in heating efficiency.
Why Low Humidity is a Problem
When humidity gets low, it causes a number of problems, including:
- Dry Skin – That flaky, dry skin on your hands is due to low humidity. If it gets extreme enough, it can start to crack and do some serious damage to your skin. Even just a 5–10% boost in humidity can alleviate this problem.
- Illness – Dryness can make illnesses, such as cold and flu, worse. Dryness dries out nasal passages that should be working to remove the illness and cracks already parched lips and nostrils.
- Damage to Furniture – Dryness can damage your furniture and upholstery nearly as much as high humidity in the summer.
- Poor Heating – Heat is conducted better in air with a higher humidity level. If the humidity level drops below 35%, your heating system will become less efficient, and it will cost you money.
The Whole House Humidifier Installation Process
There are various forms of humidifiers designed to match different types of homes and HVAC systems. You can get a whole house humidifier that will produce moisture that is then circulated by the air handler through your ductwork. Other humidifiers are installed in the ductwork itself. Humidifiers also come in either cool or warm air versions.
The type of humidifier you select will depend largely on the HVAC system your home or building has, so it is a good idea to have a professional inspect your current system and consult with you as to your options. You can then select one that provides the comfort control you want without an exorbitant cost.
After installation, your humidifier needs to be cleaned and flushed on a regular basis to avoid build up of mold. Filters should be changed on a rotating schedule also, and you should have routine maintenance performed to make sure the system is working properly.
Whole-House Humidifier to Improve Indoor Air Quality
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