Have you ever woken up on a cold winter morning and find that your throat is dry and sore? If this has happened to then you probably do not have a humidifier in your home. A whole house humidifier works by emitting small molecules of moisture into the duct system to be circulated through the home by the furnace’s blower motor increasing the air quality. With winter is quickly approaching, and the air inside our homes is only going to get dryer. The benefits of installing a whole house humidifier reach beyond just preventing a dry throat.
Some of the benefits include:
- Cold symptom relief- Moisture in the air increases lung elasticity. Increased lung elasticity not only relives cold symptoms but can also benefit those of use that have a chronic cough or allergies.
- Prevents nosebleeds- When we breathe in harsh dry air, we dry out our nasal passages. During the winter seasons, the air inside our homes is especially dry and will often lead to nose bleeds.
- Reduces the chance of infection- The inside of our throat and nasal passages are lined with tiny hairs. These tiny hairs catch bacteria and dust and prevent them from entering our systems and causing infection. When the air is dry, these hairs become flattened and do not perform as well. A humidifier would moisten the surface of our throat and nasal passages, and this would allow those hairs to thrive.
- Relieve dry skin- Ever notice how much lotion we use in the winter? Our skin and lips can easily become dried and cracked in a moisture-free environment. By adding moisture into the environment, a humidifier will eliminate our need to lather on lotion every day.
- Protect wood floors- If you have hard wood floors in your home, dry air can cause buckling and separating of the wooden slats.
- Reduce static electricity- During the winter it seems like every surface you touch shocks you. Dry air is the perfect environment for static electricity to be created. A humidifier will help stop this from happening by adding moisture to the air and your clothes.
However, there are a couple things to keep in mind when it comes to setting the humidity level on your humidifier. Too much moisture is not a good thing. High humidity levels often bother people who have asthma and allergies. It also promotes the growth of mold and mildew. To prevent this in your home, simply make sure that your humidifier is properly set and maintained. The humidity level in the home should be between 35 and 45%. Over time you will find the level that is right for you.
Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning offers Lennox brand Healthy Climate whole house humidifiers. These systems can be incorporated into your existing furnace unit, or installed as an accessory for your new Lennox central air furnace. If you already have a humidifier, you should have Four Seasons out for a yearly cleaning and maintenance check of the unit. Dirty humidifiers are known to cause leaks in the system and can cause more harm than good. They need to be cleaned out and have their filter pad replaced at least once a year. Four Seasons Heating and Air Conditioning will send your one of their certified technician who can determine your humidity needs and set you up with the whole house humidifier that will work best for your situation.