A whole-house humidifier can benefit both the home and its occupants. Easily installed by qualified HVAC professionals, they are designed to add water vapor, or humidity, to the air inside the house. A whole-house humidifier works in conjunction with your heating and cooling system, helping it to use less energy. Whole-house models work better than portable ones because not only do they control humidity throughout your home; they also help control the upper limits of humidity. Just as having too little humidity in your home is a problem, having too much has its own set of challenges. A whole-house humidifier will deliver the right amount, and will not require the daily disinfecting or cleaning that many of the portable units require.
The Home Benefits
Overly dry air – the way it gets inside during a Metro-East winter – can make paint and plaster chip. Wood floors, trim, molding, furniture and other wood-based items may crack and split in dry air. The air will feel more comfortable at lower thermostat settings when there is adequate moisture, allowing for less energy use and lower utility bills. The federal EPA states that your heating bill can be reduced up to 4 percent for each degree lower your thermostat is set.
When the air in the home is too dry, viruses are able to thrive. People are more prone to infections, according to the American Society of Otolaryngology. Adding humidity to the home can help a person reduce instances of dry nose, sore throat and cracked itchy skin. Static shocks will be a thing of the past, as they are a direct result of dry air. Allergy and asthma symptoms will be less severe and less frequent when there is adequate humidity in the house.
If you have questions about whole-house humidifiers and wonder if they are right for you, contact us here in the Edwardsville area, Ernst Heating & Cooling.
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