Winter days in the Cleveland area can be brutally cold at times, and the colder the temperatures are outside, the less humidity there is inside. A good humidification system can help keep the air inside your home at the right humidity level, which helps to protect everyone and everything inside the home.

Dry winter air is known to cause respiratory problems, colds and increased allergy symptoms. That is because the dryness affects the membranes in the nose, throat and bronchial tubes. The dry air can also promote the growth of certain viruses and bacteria. It’s important to maintain a relative humidity rate of 40 to 55 percent in order to prevent the growth of viruses and bacteria. This level of humidity also helps to keep your membranes and skin properly hydrated.

The dry air in the winter is also bad for your home because it can strip all of the moisture from wood or other porous materials. This can cause furniture to crack and wood floors to buckle. Having a good humidification system will help alleviate this problem, which will help protect your investment.

Homeowners have two options when it comes to humidification: whole-house and portable units. Whole-house humidification systems send small molecules of moisture in the air throughout your entire home, while a portable humidifier can only send these molecules a short distance, causing the humidity to increase in just a small area of the home. Whole-home systems don’t require as much maintenance as portable humidifiers do, which need to be refilled with water on a regular basis, as well as physically transported to other rooms.

For more information and help determining which type of humidification system is best for your home, contact Stack Heating, Cooling, Plumbing and Electric. We’ve proudly served homeowners throughout the greater Cleveland area since 1976.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Cleveland, Ohio about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).  For more information about humidification systems and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.

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