For many people, winter is a time filled with cold air, chapped lips and irritated lungs. This is because low humidity can cause discomfort, as cold air holds less moisture than warm air. And while your home’s furnace or heat pump can bring the temperature up to a comfortable level, you may need a whole-home humidifier to replace moisture in the air.
A humidifier can benefit your home in a number of ways:
- Just as warm air holds more water vapor, humid air retains heat longer. That means that when a humidifier replaces moisture in the air, your home will cool more slowly and need less energy to stay warm.
- Dry air can cause fixtures made of wood, wallpaper and paper, to degrade faster. Not only does this mean damage to your home, but it can also contribute to more dust in your indoor air supply. Low humidity also encourages dust to stir up and enter air circulation, instead of staying down on its various surfaces.
- Dry air also irritates the throat and lungs, speeds up dehydration and worsens symptoms of asthma and allergies. What’s worse, many viruses (unlike bacteria) thrive in low-humidity environments, which is one reason flu season tends to correspond with winter. A humidifier and a dehumidifier can balance your humidity year-round, hindering both bacterial and viral growth.
To learn more about how using a whole-home humidifier can make the coming winter more comfortable, contact Stack Heating & Cooling today! We’re happy to help our Cleveland area neighbors meet their home comfort goals.
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 whole-home humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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