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Consider Installing a Whole-House Humidifier for Winter

Posted on: January 11, 2016

Comfort during the winter takes more than just making sure that your heating system can provide your household with adequate warm temperatures. You also need to control the humidity. The level of moisture in the air has a significant effect on how comfortable people feel indoors, and consequently how much you’ll need to run the heating system.

Unfortunately, winter is a time when dry air often becomes a major problem. As the temperature drops, moisture is frozen out of the air. Heating systems like furnaces also contribute to making the air drier. The lower the humidity, the faster heat is allowed to escape from the human body. This is the reason that dry conditions make cold temperatures feel even colder than they are.

That’s where a whole-house humidifier comes into play.

Whole-house humidifier installation

Small portable humidifiers are an adequate solution for dry air in a single room, such as an infant’s room. However, they aren’t enough to balance humidity throughout a house. This takes a special whole-house humidifier that a professional installs into the HVAC system. This type of humidifier is controlled via a humidistat, and as long as it’s correctly installed, it shouldn’t make your home too humid.

Balanced humidity will help your home in a number of ways during winter. It will make cooler temperatures easier to bear, and you can keep the heating system set on a lower, more energy-saving setting. It will also prevent damage that low humidity can cause to wooden surfaces and paint. An important health benefit of a humidifier is that it keeps sinuses and nasal passages from drying up, which is one of the body’s most important defenses against the spread of illnesses. Finally, higher humidity means less static electricity around the house.

To arrange for a whole-house humidifier installation this winter, simply call Bud Matthews Services in Durham, NC.

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