If asked to name winter’s hassles and hazards, you’d probably list icy roads, snow shoveling, dangerous potholes or maybe even furnace problems. However, if you live in a home with improper or inconsistent humidity levels – meaning your humidity level drops below 40 percent – you might also be thinking of nuisances like bloody noses, itchy skin or frequent electric shocks. That’s right, low humidity can cause you some serious discomfort, not to mention damage to your home. Luckily, you can purchase a convenient whole-house humidifier and start benefiting right away.
Improve Your Health – and Comfort!
Sure, no one likes bloody noses, dry skin and eyes, or electric shocks. But humidity is a major factor in your home’s indoor air quality, and low levels can actually contribute to your family’s health issues. Many viruses (like the ones that cause colds and flus) thrive in low humidity, increasing your risk. Dry air can also trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, sore throats and other respiratory problems. Maintaining optimal humidity levels can go a long way toward improving your physical well-being.
Help Preserve Your Home
Just like over-dry air can sap your skin from its essential moisture, it can also leave your home high and dry. Of course, your house’s symptoms will look a little different from yours. Watch for premature wallpaper peeling, cracked paint and woodwork, and damaged electronics (due to electric shock). If you own a piano or other musical instrument, you might also notice that it constantly needs to be tuned. You put a lot of thought and effort into your home. Ensuring it gets the moisture it needs is a must.
Save on Energy Bills
Have you ever set your thermostat to a comfy 70° but still feel chilly? Low humidity could be to blame. A loss in moisture is the inevitable byproduct of your furnace heating the cold outdoor air. So it’s not that your furnace isn’t doing its job; it’s just the simple fact that moist air feels warmer. By maintaining a higher level of humidity, you could comfortably heat your home at a lower temperature. According to the EPA, lowering your thermostat just one degree could result in a 4 percent savings on your heating bill!
Is a Whole-House Humidifier Really Better Than a Room Unit?
Using a portable room humidifier might seem like an easier option. Just fill it with water and plug in, right? But remember, a room unit only affects a small space, while a whole-house humidifier is installed directly to your home’s central heating and cooling system. It works constantly to regulate levels throughout your home. Too much humidity can also cause problems, and a room unit lacks the ability to regulate the moisture it adds to the air.
If want to stop buying lip balm and lotion in bulk, and if you’re ready to make the move toward a healthier, comfier home, contact your friends at Blind & Sons. We’re happy to discuss our full line of high-quality Aprilaire® whole-house humidifiers.