What Is a Whole-House Humidifier?
A humidifier is an appliance that adds moisture to the air in the form of water vapors. A whole-house humidifier is attached to the home’s HVAC system. It connects directly with the water supply of the house and produces steam humidification. This steam travels through the ductwork of the HVAC system and humidifies the air in the entire house.
Dry air can cause many problems. It cannot only damage your health and comfort, but also play havoc with your furniture, flooring, wall paint, and other property.
Here are some benefits you can achieve by installing a humidifier in your HVAC system:
Dry air causes discomfort and several respiratory problems. You may find it hard to breathe in the dry winter air and the nose tends to remain dry and irritated. Patients with asthma become particularly troubled in dry air. Not only this, but dry air also causes skin irritation, skin dryness, and chapped lips. Dry air also makes the membranes thinner causing nose bleeds. A humidifier can help improve the air quality and relieve all the discomfort and prevent health problems caused by dry air.
Dry air makes you feel colder, but on the other hand, moist air makes you feel warmer even at the same temperature. The humidifier increases the moisture in the air and so you feel less cold. So, if you feel cold even when the heating system is on, it means you need a humidifier in your HVAC system. This helps take some load off the heating system and saves energy. This translates into lower power bills.
- Reduced heating bills –
- In the summer months the higher the humidity, the hotter it feels. That is because the excess moisture in the air makes it feel warmer. By adding some moisture to the air, you’ll probably see some savings on your heating bills.
- Reduces the risk of getting a cold or the flu –
- . Viruses and bacteria can’t travel as well in moist air. It is possible that using a humidifier may prevent you from catching a bug this season.
- Comfortable sinuses –
- Do you wake up with a tight, dry nose in the winter? Even if you don’t have a cold, winter air will dry out your sinuses and lower your resistance to bacteria. More moisture in the air means more comfortable sinuses.
- No more morning sore throat –
- The dry air also affects your vocal cords, creating a dry, scratchy throat. Keeping the air moist, especially while you sleep, helps provide relief to your vocal cords.
- Soft glowing skin –
- The dry winter air zaps moisture from your skin causing dryness, flaking, and accelerated aging. A humidifier can alleviate these damaging effects, and help you maintain vibrant-looking skin.
- Protect Furniture –
- Too little moisture in the air can cause wood furnishing or flooring to split and crack. Using a humidifier helps preserve the integrity of the wood.
- Improved Sleep –
- If you or your partner snores it may be due to dry sinuses. A moist environment can soothe dry sinuses and provide comfort for a good night’s sleep.
- Control Static Electricity –
- Thanks to the dry air, static electricity shocks are harder to avoid in the winter. No one likes a jarring jolt of a static shock. A humidifier will help lessen the potential for static electricity in your home during winter.
- Healthier Plant Life –
- Plants are also affected by the dry winter air. Their leaves look droopy, and the soil seems dryer than usual. A humidifier can help keep you and your plants healthy.
- Faster Recovery –
- If you end up catching a cold, flu, or sinus infection, a humidifier may shorten your healing time. The moisture keeps your nasal passages and throat moist reducing symptoms such as coughing and sneezing.
Is a Whole-Home Humidifier Right for You?
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