When we think of humidity, images of soupy summer weather comes to mind. However, the humidity issues can also plague us in the winter when the cold, dry air settles in. Climate control experts say the ideal humidity level for humans is between 40-50 percent.
During the winter months, the humidity can often drop to 20 percent or below, which can cause a variety of issues in our homes. Specifically, if you or your family members suffer from allergies or other respiratory maladies, low humidity and dry air can make those ailments worse. Masters Heating & Cooling, Inc. wants our customers’ homes to stay comfortable and safe during the winter months, so this blog will look at reasons why you need a humidifier for your home’s HVAC system.
DRY AIR ISSUES
First, let’s take a look at the signs of low humidity:
- Dry & cracking wood (floors, cabinets, etc.)
- Static electricity
- Chapped or cracked lips
- Dry skin
- Itchy throat & cold/flu symptoms
- Increase in allergy & asthma symptoms
If the humidity in your home is a concern – both in the winter and summer – a whole-home humidifier could be the perfect solution. A whole-home humidifier is attached to your HVAC equipment and utilizes a humidistat and your system’s ductwork to distribute humidified air throughout your home. This will keep the humidity at a constant level in your home and also combat germs and other allergens that may affect your family’s health. Portable humidifiers are also an option, but we recommend them only for usage in one particular room or area. Masters offers a complete line of Aprilaire humidification products.
INDOOR AIR QUALITY
A humidifier will definitely help promote good indoor air quality. Another way is to utilize air purifiers/scrubbers. This equipment helps to remove dust, germs and other airborne pollutants from the air inside your home. Coupling an air purification system with a whole-home humidifier will help provide the cleanest, healthiest indoor air for your family. Ask our technicians about Carrier’s air purification solutions.
ENERGY SAVINGS & CONDENSATION REDUCTION
The higher the humidity, the warmer it feels. This will allow you to set your thermostat a few degrees lower and ultimately save money on your energy bills. Also, humidifiers help reduce the condensation that is created when the warm air from your furnace clashes with the cold outside air. Condensation on windows, etc., removes moisture from the air and contributes to low humidity.
Masters stands ready to help you keep your humidity levels good and your indoor air quality clean, so call us today or visit one of our locations in Fort Wayne, Decatur, Angola, Indianapolis, Greenwood and Mishawaka. Also, please keep in touch with us on Facebook and Twitter!