Excessively dry air is a common problem in American households, especially in colder regions and during colder times of the year. Unfortunately, if the air in your home consistently has a low moisture level, your health can suffer. You can also boost your heating costs and develop expensive structural problems. However, you can successfully combat these issues with the help of a device called a whole-home humidifier, which ties into your HVAC system and simultaneously increases the moisture in every room.
The Problem with Dry Air
The human body relies on adequate moisture to maintain good function, and if you’re repeatedly exposed to overly dry air, your health may decline noticeably. Specific issues found in chronically low-humidity environments include higher chances of catching a cold, higher chance of catching a seasonal wintertime flu virus, and a quicker onset of symptoms after flu exposure. For children with the respiratory disease asthma, regular exposure to a low-humidity environment can increase the frequency of symptom outbreaks. In addition, excessively dry air can increase the severity of those outbreaks.
A low-humidity environment is known to promote cracking in costly hardwood floors. Lack of adequate indoor moisture can also promote cracking in your walls, or in any woodwork installed in your home. An increase in static electricity is another known consequence of an excessive indoor dryness. In turn, more frequent generation of static electricity may put your valuable electronic equipment at risk for unexpected and unpredictable failure.
Finally, low-humidity conditions in your home may cause you to spend more than you planned on utility costs. This is true because in the wintertime, you feel subjectively colder when the air contains less moisture. Since the common reaction to feeling cold is to bump your thermostat up a little bit, you may unknowingly run your heater more often than intended.
Humidify Your Entire Home
A whole-home humidifier adds moisture directly into the air traveling from your furnace or heat pump to your ducting system. This means that, instead of purchasing multiple portable humidifiers for rooms throughout your home, you can make a single purchase and take care of all of your humidification needs. Since you don’t need to add the same amount of moisture all of the time, the typical whole-home unit comes with a monitoring system that lets you adjust humidity levels on the fly.
Since a whole-home humidifier connects directly to your HVAC system, it’s best to leave the installation process to a qualified HVAC professional. A professional can also help you pick out the right make and model of humidifier for your home and set up a maintenance schedule that will keep a newly installed humidifier in good working order for years to come. If you have any questions about installing a whole-home humidifier, you can contact the experts at Fire & Ice HVAC. You can also check back here regularly to get our latest tips on HVAC-related heating and cooling issues.