The reasons to install a humidifier

These advanced indoor air quality accessories typically require only annual maintenance

Cooler air naturally holds less moisture than warmer air. In the winter, the air can become overly dry. In those areas where below-freezing temperatures are a regular part of life, the lack of humidity causes some major problems. Because dry air feels chilly, it’s tempting to turn up the thermostat. The furnace is forced to run more often and work harder. It experiences greater strain and is more likely to succumb to malfunction. It probably won’t last as long. Plus, the system is using more energy, having a greater impact on the environment and costing more in utility bills. Blasting heat into the house also makes the concerns with insufficient humidity worse. The dry air sucks moisture out of everything it touches, including hardwood floors, moldings, doors, instruments and antiques. The wood is at risk of cracking. Dry skin, frizzy hair, chapped lips, static shock and aggravated symptoms of asthma, allergies, eczema and psoriasis are some of the consequences. Because the air dries out nasal passages, people are more susceptible to respiratory infection. Recovery from colds and flu will often take longer due to the lower humidity level. Headaches, sore throat, itchy eyes, sneezing and coughing are a few of the common complaints. Portable humidifiers only target a single room, require lots of upkeep and aren’t overly effective. Whole-home humidifiers install right into the heating system and introduce essential moisture as the air passes through. Working silently and efficiently, the humidifier maintains ideal moisture levels in every room. These advanced indoor air quality accessories typically require only annual maintenance. There are steam-style, bypass and fan-style humidifiers that accommodate all different sizes and layouts of homes.

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