Proper humidity level might be the most-ignored factor in home comfort and healthy indoor air quality. No one likes dealing with static electricity caused by dry air, but truthfully those shocking experiences are a minor annoyance compared to some other problems caused by low humidity levels. Masters Heating & Cooling can help you attack the problem.
Whole house humidifiers
We are proud to feature whole-house humidifiers from industry leader Aprilaire and firmly believe this is the best way to humidify your house. You set it once and it keeps your entire home at a set humidity level. The water supply comes from your plumbing system, so you never have to fill it or worry that it’s not humidifying. A whole-house humidifier is very quiet and generally cost pennies per year to operate.
There are several disadvantages to using portable units. While they may be less expensive up front, they waste electricity and water which can be more costly in the long run. They are also a hassle since they sit on the floor and you have to walk around them. One other concern, portable units don’t have precise controls so they can make the air too humid leading to mold and mildew concerns. They can be an option if your only goal is to humidify a single room or area.
What you may not realize is dry air is unhealthy air. Research shows the flu and other viruses are more likely to spread when the humidity level is low. Experts say the ideal level is generally between 40% and 50%. Dry air also causes dry & cracked skin, sore throats, and respiratory issues.
Damage to wood
Dry air can also damage your home, especially hardwood floors, trim, and furniture. When wood gets too dry it cracks and warps. Musical instruments, pianos, guitars & violins for example, are also sensitive to dry air. A humidifier can protect your investment.
Proper humidity levels will make your house feel warmer. Since our dry air season is during the cold winter, you can set the thermostat a couple of degrees lower and still be comfortable. This will cut your heating bill every month.
Cold weather & condensation
Northern Indiana can get some really cold winter weather. When a cold snap hits you must adjust a whole-house humidifier to make the air a bit drier. While 40% to 50% humidity is ideal, it can cause damaging condensation on windows and sills when the outside temperature drops into the single digits or lower.
Masters is ready to help
Masters Heating & Cooling has been providing quality guaranteed workmanship since 1980. Call to learn more about the importance of proper humidity levels as part of the indoor air quality in your home and the best solutions for you.