The amount of moisture in your home’s air plays a significant role in how you and your family feel inside. When the air in your house is thirsty, it dries out of your skin, eyes, nose, and mouth. Nose bleeds, dry eyes, sore throat, and even increased risk of colds or flu are some of the ways you know dry air in your home is a problem. The best solution for those symptoms is a whole-home humidifier.
Is Dry Air in Your Home a Problem for Your Family?
If you heat your home in the winter and you don’t have a humidifier, then dry air in your home is certainly a problem. People with underlying conditions aggravated by dry air may notice the symptoms more than others — but humidification levels impact everyone. For example, if your house does not have a humidifier then expensive damage to wood floors, molding and trim, and investments like musical instruments are likely. Humidity levels throughout the house that are between 40–60 percent are ideal for health, comfort, and home preservation.
Choosing the Right Humidifier Solution
Some homeowners may sleep with a portable humidifier in their bedroom or place one in a common area during winter. However, these smaller units often require a lot of maintenance to ensure they’re working safely and efficiently. Furthermore, most portable units do not have the capacity to humidify the entire house during the driest times of the year. To battle dry air in every room, homeowners should consider a whole-home humidifier.
Installed into the HVAC system ductwork (or used with a fan pack) whole-home humidifiers are plumbed to the home’s water supply, so there are no filling containers every day. Whole-home humidifiers also feature automatic control, so homeowners can manage their comfort and health with ease. The only maintenance is the periodic changing of a water panel or steam canister.
Find an expert near you to determine the best whole-home solution to preserve your family’s health this winter.