During the winter months, the top priority for homeowners is making sure their home is warm and cozy. And rightly so, but here’s another thing to pay attention to: indoor humidity levels. Winter air can be as dry as it is chilly, so keeping humidity levels where they need to be can help keep your family feeling comfortable and healthy all winter long. Indoor air quality is important here at Masters Heating & Cooling, so let’s take a look at the role humidity plays in IAQ.
WHY HUMIDIFYING AIR IS A GOOD IDEA
Turning up the heat can pump a lot of dry air into your home and cause health issues, including dry skin/chapped-cracked lips, sore throat and inflammation of respiratory issues such as asthma and sinusitis. Low humidity can also damage wood floors and furniture, decorations such as paintings and musical instruments such as pianos and guitars. Also, more humid air feels warmer, which means you can save money by turning your thermostat down a notch or two.
One way to battle the increased dry air during the winter is to humidify the air to make sure the proper amount of moisture is circulating throughout your home. Depending on your climate, the ideal indoor humidity level during winter ranges from 30 percent to 50 percent. To achieve this, you need a humidification solution that provides accompaniment to your heating system.
There are many different types of humidifiers, including evaporative, warm mist and ultrasonic models. Masters is proud to offer various options from industry leader Aprilaire, including:
- Whole house humidifiers. Want a year-round solution to your humidity issues? A Whole house humidifier is the answer. Our professionals say this is the best way to ensure your home stays properly humidified. The water source is your home’s plumbing system, so there is no receptacle to fill. It is attached to your system and is also very cost-effective.
- Portable humidifiers. These are certainly more convenient in certain situations and cost less upfront, but here are the disadvantages: they are generally less efficient with electricity and water usage and also take up space on the floor. That said, they can be a useful option if you are trying to humidify one room or a smaller area.
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Masters has served our customers since 1980 and knows the importance of indoor air quality. To learn more about humidification and its impact on IAQ, call us today. And don’t forget to check in with us on social media.