If you want relief from the discomforts and adverse affects of dry winter air, you can’t go wrong with a whole-house humidifier to extend home comfort by relieving health issues and preventing static-electric shocks, and you can even save energy and protect your possessions at the same time.
Whole-house humidifiers release moisture to indoor air as the air circulates through your home’s duct system. This method of whole-house humidification provides a thin blanket of water molecules that covers and helps protect all surfaces in your home.
The humidifier connects to your furnace, and the water supply and drainage are provided directly from your home’s plumbing system. Easy maintenance involves washing or replacing the media panel once or twice per year. This simple operation is unmatched by portable humidifiers. Portable humidifiers require frequent water refilling and cleaning to prevent the spread of bacteria and mold, and their coverage is very limited.
Benefits of whole-house humidification
The heating months bring dry indoor air and its side effects. Properly humidify your home and enjoy the following benefits:
- Whole-house humidification prevents the accumulation of stationary electrical charges -- static-electric shocks, which can damage phones, computers and other electronics.
- Household occupants who suffer from health and respiratory issues, such as allergies and asthma, may find relief with proper humidification. Many germs, viruses and bacteria proliferate in dry air. Pollutants and particulates are more apt to clump together and fall to surfaces where they can be wiped away. Dry air also causes itchy eyes, sore throat, and dry and/or bleeding nasal passages. Humidification helps alleviate these issues.
- Save energy by raising the humidity levels during the heating months. Moist air feels warmer than dry air at the same temperature. Turn back your thermostat a couple degrees, enjoy more comfort, and save 8-12 percent heating costs with properly humidified air (optimal humidity settings are 45-60 percent, though that can be more or less depending on the temperature outside).
- Dry air can shrink, crack and warp wood in your in your home, such as furniture, cabinets, musical instruments, and other porous possessions. A whole-house humidifier protects your belongings.
To speak with an HVAC professional, please contact the experts at Joe Behr Plumbing and Heating, Inc. We proudly serve homeowners in the Mid-Ohio area.
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