Dry Air? Add a whole house humidifier to your furnace
Humidity is something that we generally think of as a warm-weather thing. Hampton Roads can have some pretty intense humidity in spring, summer, and autumn – which results in residents using air conditioning during much of the year. However, humidity can also play a big part in your comfort over the winter. Air that is too humid can make you uncomfortable, but so can air that is not humid enough. It may seem that humidity shouldn’t be an issue during the winter, but it still plays a role in your comfort indoors. Humidity indoors plays an even bigger role in colder weather. This is because warmer air holds more moisture than cooler air. The change in outdoor temperature will affect indoor humidity more in the winter.To help keep a comfortable humidity level in your home, you might want to add a whole house humidifier to your furnace. There are many benefits, not just your overall comfort.
One money-saving secret that applies to heating and cooling your home is the humidity level. In the summer months air that has a lot of moisture in it can make a space feel warmer than it really is. The wetness that amplifies the heat in the summer makes things feel colder in the winter. If you are able to maintain an ideal level of humidity in your home, you can adjust the thermostat a few degrees and still feel comfortable. Turn the heat down a few degrees in the winter, and the humidifier will help maintain a nice temperature indoors. If you are able to adjust the heat just three degrees, you could save up to 5% on your heating bill.
Homes move and change with the weather because of the wood in them. Whether you have wood floors, door frames, or other wood products in your home – these will all shrink and swell based on the amount of moisture in the air. Too much humidity can cause wooden floors to warp, or mold growth in the subflooring. Too little humidity will cause products, such as wooden furniture or door frames, to shrink and crack. If you add a humidifier to your furnace, you can combat these issues by providing a steady level of humidity. Not only will it keep your home in good condition while you live there, but it will also help with resale value. A home that has been well-maintained is much easier to sell.
With winter comes dry air and dry skin. Being hydrated is important all year, but it can become more difficult with the cold. Not only does proper hydration help you look and feel great, it also is your first line of defense against illness. Washing hands is definitely an important step in keeping away germs, but what about all the things you are breathing in? Winter is known as a time for sniffles, colds, coughs, and the flu. When your body is properly hydrated, it can more effectively deal with the pollutants and irritants in the air. While drinking water is important, you can also help your body hydrate by providing a home that has the proper amount of humidity in the air. If you add a humidifier to your furnace, you can improve your body’s immune system.
At Weather Crafters, we are here to help. If you have any questions about how to add a whole house humidifier to your furnace, give us a call. We can talk to you about the best option for your home, help you pick out the ideal humidifier, and complete the install. Winter is coming – let Weather Crafters help you get ready!
For more information about why you should install a humidifier with your furnace, check out https://www.hvac.com/faq/features-benefits-installing-furnace-humidifier-home-office/