Battle Dry Winter Air with a Humidifier
By the time we get to February, we may feel as though we’ve been in winter for ages. While we may have started the season feeling festive and jolly, by this time of year we’re certainly feeling the effects of winter settling into our bones. Dry, itchy skin, static electricity at your fingertips, and sensitive sinuses are just some of the symptoms that might be your body telling you something is not right with your indoor air. At times we can feel like we’re under attack- and our enemy is overly dry indoor air.
When you retreat to the comfort of your home, you are just playing into the hands of the enemy because during the heating season, your home can become overly dry with relative humidity between 5 – 15%. That’s drier than the Sahara Desert!
Overly dry environments don’t only make us uncomfortable, they can also affect our well-being. According to the Cleveland Clinic, breathing dry air can result in respiratory ailments including asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and nosebleeds. Breathing dry air can also lead to depleted body fluids and dehydration. Dry sinuses under these conditions make you more likely to catch a cold since the mucus loses some of its ability to trap infection. So what can be done to fix our indoor air?
Whole Home Humidifier
One way to combat the issues associated with dry, winter air is installing a whole-home humidifier. Available from Carrier®, a whole-home humidifier can help you achieve a much more comfortable 35 – 50% humidity level inside, making you feel more at ease without having to crank up the heat.
A whole-home humidifier also enhances the comfort in your home by adding moisture to dry, indoor air during the heating season. Your home can be uncomfortably dry in winter, but whole-home humidifiers work with your furnace to add moisture to the air. This helps you avoid itchy skin, nose bleeds, a dry cough, fly-away hair, and frequent colds.
Carrier offers many types of humidifiers: steam humidifiers, fan-powered humidifiers, and bypass humidifiers. When you work with us, we’ll get to know your home and the issues you’re facing to learn which type is best for you and make a recommendation.
Ideal Indoor Humidity Saves Energy
A properly humidified home can help save energy, too. As moisture in the air evaporates, you feel colder, are likely to turn up the heat, and your system will use extra energy. Because a humidifier can help you feel more comfortable at a lower heated temperature, you can save money on your heating costs as well.
In addition to feeling better and saving money, you can also protect your home with a humidifier because overly dry air seriously damages wood furniture, floors, doors, and windows. When you add up all the benefits, you’ll see why more and more homeowners are asking for this comfort system upgrade to increase humidity.
Once you have your humidifier installed, we recommend simple, routine humidifier maintenance to achieve maximum results. Many humidifier models allow maintenance operations to be completed without tools, quickly and conveniently, so you can keep your system operating at its best.
As a part of your home’s year-round comfort system, a whole-home humidifier can help you win the battle against dry, desert-like conditions in your home each winter. Then, you can throw a log on the fire… sit back… and enjoy your victory in comfort.
Get a Humidifier to Alleviate Dry Winter Air
Our whole-home humidifiers and dehumidifiers are far more convenient and efficient than small electric units, and they work with your heating and cooling systems to improve the air quality in every room. Call us today for a free consultation and learn more about protecting your health and home with humidity control.
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