Importance of Humidifiers during winter
During the winter months, indoor air can become extremely dry. By using our furnaces we are inadvertently making it worse –the system dehumidifies the already dry air in order to warm it up. Having an excess of dry air in your home can pose a variety of different issues.
Winter weather is generally blamed for cold and flu season and unpleasant respiratory infections, however, the actual cause may be the lack of humidity in your home. Low levels of humidity foster viruses and bacteria. It can also cause a dry throat and nose.
Maintaining a normal level of humidity in your home can help to soothe itchy dry skin and reduce coughs. You’ll also notice that it helps to reduce heating costs – dry air makes you feel colder than humidified air so you’ll be less likely to turn up the temperature on your thermostat!
To get the best overall humidity solution we recommend Whole-Home Humidifiers vs. Individual-Room Humidifiers. Here’s why:
- Room humidifiers must be thoroughly cleaned frequently to prevent buildup of mold and bacteria growth
- Whole-home humidifiers only need to be cleaned once or twice a year and this cleaning can be performed as part of your annual HVAC maintenance with Fahrhall!
- Most room humidifiers have no control over how much or how little they humidify. They’ll simply keep going until they run out of water or get turned off. This can lead to excessive humidity in one room.
- A whole-home humidifier allows you to set the specific humidity level you want for the entire house, saving you on energy costs and adding convenience.
- Operating costs:
- Room humidifiers require gallons of distilled water = inconvenient and expensive
- Whole-Home humidifiers simply tap into your home’s existing water line, accounting for a very small portion of your monthly utility bills
For more information on how you can make the air in your home more comfortable this winter contact us at 519.969.7822