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What You Need to Know About Whole Home Humidifiers

As temperatures continue to drop, the air inside and outside your home gets drier. As said by WebMD, warmer air holds more moisture. When you feel hot in the summer, both the higher temps and added humidity make you feel sweaty.

In the winter, cooler air comes creeps inside and makes your house feel dry. Air sealing can do a great deal to keep your home comfortable, but your home may still need extra moisture.

How Does a Whole Home Humidifier Work?

A whole home humidifier adds extra moisture to your home through your current heating and cooling system. This type of humidifier is attached to your furnace. It works by bringing in water vapor and distributing it through your duct system. You can control your home’s humidity directly through your thermostat.

Do I Need a Whole Home Humidifier?

If your home is still very dry or you have family members with respiratory problems, you should look into a whole home humidifier.

Other signs you need a humidifier include:

  • Itchy, runny noses
  • Itchy, red eyes
  • Dry noses/waking up to bloody noses

Humidifiers can improve your home’s health and help improve your comfort.

What Type of Humidifier Should I Get?

You are probably already familiar with the small, portable humidifiers you can buy in almost any department store. You add water to tank, plug it in, and the unit adds extra moisture to the room.

While portable humidifiers can be a good short term solution, they don’t offer you full control and consistent comfort.

By having an HVAC professional like Energy Stars Heating & Cooling Co, install a new whole home humidifier, you can get the benefits of a smaller humidifier, on a whole-home scale.

What Kind of Maintenance is Required?

A whole home humidifier is easy to maintain. The water panel is also known as the water pad, evaporator pad, or filter should be changed at least once a year, possibly twice a year if necessary. HVAC.com has a great walk-through on how to clean your humidifier in only a few steps.

What are the Benefits of a Whole Home Humidifier?

  1. Health – Keeping moisture in your home can help reduce the amount of viruses that carry the flu or cold.
  2. Comfort – Dry air can cause or worsen dry skin, asthma, or allergy issues.
  3. Save Energy – Did you know air with more moisture feels warmer? You experience this all the time in the summer. “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity” is real. Humidity isn’t fun in the hot summer, but in the winter it is useful. If your home has a good humidity level, you will not feel as cold. Which can lead to energy savings since you won’t have to turn your thermostat as high. You can save money and energy by lowering your thermostat, even by just a degree or two.

If you would like a free quote on a whole home humidifier, call Energy Stars Heating & Cooling Co at 618-477-8337.

 

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