Should I have an air humidifier in my home or office?

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Should I have an air humidifier in my home or office?

Humidity is something that we generally think of as a warm-weather thing, but humidity can also play a big part in your comfort over the winter. Humid air can make you uncomfortable, but so can air that is not humid enough. You might be wondering if you should have air humidifiers in your home or office. Air humidifiers help to control the amount of moisture in the air. An air humidifier can help with stuffy noses, coughs, and other ailments that are common during flu season.  To help keep a comfortable humidity level in your home, you might want to consider adding an air humidifier to your HVAC system. There are many benefits, not just your overall comfort.

Heating Bill

A money-saver for heating 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. The moisture that amplifies the heat in the summer makes things feel colder in the winter. If you have humidifiers in your home, you won’t have to adjust the thermostat as much to 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.  

Home Maintenance

Because most are made of wood, homes move and change with the weather. If you have wood floors, door frames, or other wood products in your home – these will all shrink and swell with the amount of moisture in the air. Too much humidity can cause wooden floors to warp, or grow mold underneath. Too little humidity will cause things like wooden furniture or door frames, to shrink and crack. If you add a humidifier to a space, you can provide a steady level of humidity and prevent these issues. Humidifiers help keep your home or office in good shape while you are living or working there. They also help when it is time to sell – a well-maintained home is much more attractive to potential buyers.

Health Benefits

Being hydrated is important all year, but it can become more difficult with the cold because of the drier air. Your skin is your first line of defense against illness and germs, and skin that is well-hydrated makes your body more prepared to ward off winter colds. 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 using a humidifier in your home or office. 

Types of Humidifiers

  • Central humidifiers: can be added to the HVAC system, are meant to control humidity in the whole house or building
  • Evaporators: blow moistened air through a filter using a fan, meant for one room
  • Impeller humidifiers: create moisture through the use of rotating discs, meant for one room
  • Steam vaporizers: heat water, then cool it and release the moisture into the air, generally single room use
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers: produce a cool mist through ultrasonic vibrations, come in varying sizes

At Weather Crafters, we are here to help. If you have any questions about selecting the best humidifier for your home or office, give us a call. We can talk to you about the best option for you, help you pick out the ideal humidifier, and complete the install. Winter is coming – let Weather Crafters help you get ready!