Overly dry air can have a negative impact on your health, and it’s essential to have your humidity levels tested regularly. Lower temperatures in the winter can lead to lower humidity because the maximum possible vapor pressure is lower in cold air than in warmer air.
Symptoms of decreased air moisture include dry and itchy skin, chapped lips, dry cough, eye irritation, and sinus issues. Breathing dry air thins the mucous lining of your respiratory system, which leads to discomfort because your airways become swollen and irritated and can even become infected. Whole-home humidifiers can increase the moisture in the air for greater comfort and other benefits.
3 Top Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier
A whole-home humidifier works with your home’s furnace to hydrate the air. A humidistat controls whole-home humidifiers; you can set them manually or use a remote control. There are many benefits to using these humidifiers, including the following.
1. Improved Health
Low humidity dries the breathing passages, making you more prone to developing upper respiratory infections. A whole-home humidifier can reduce the risks of your family developing sore throats and sinusitis. Increased moisture in the home can also protect against airborne viruses like the cold and flu.
2. Improved Energy Savings
Moist air feels much warmer than dry air, which could allow you to lower your thermostat and save on your heating costs in the winter. You can save up to 10% yearly on your heating costs by lowering the temperature by 7 to 10 degrees.
3. Protected Home
Arid air can zap the moisture from your wood flooring, furniture, and molding. The lack of humidity can cause damage to sensitive electronics because of static electricity, and the paint in your home can begin to peel. Whole-home humidifiers help you maintain a relative humidity level of 30% to 50%, preventing damage to your home and helping your house plants flourish.
Learn More About Whole-Home Humidifiers
Conan Heating & Air Conditioning is a heating and air conditioning company serving Idaho Falls, offering installation, repair, maintenance, ductwork, indoor air quality, sheet metal fabrication, and water heater installation services. Call Conan Heating & Air Conditioning today to learn more about your whole-home humidifier options.