It's always great to leave the seasonal summer humidity behind, but the winter months bring their own challenges to Columbus, OH homeowners. The extremely dry winter air poses a different set of problems. Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning wants you to know there are several advantages to adding a humidifier to your home:
1 - Control the spread of viruses
Studies clearly show viruses spread much more easily when the air is dry. Raising indoor humidity to at least 43% makes many viruses less able to cause infections. The moisture makes the airborne particles too heavy to float in the air.
2 - Sleep better
Dry air causes dry and sore throats when you are sleeping. By adding moisture to the air, you are likely to sleep more comfortably AND cut down on your snoring. Your partner will thank you for that.
3 - Moisturize your skin
One of the first noticeable signs of dry air in the winter months is dry and itchy skin. Adding humidity will help and can also prevent chapped lips and dry eyes.
4 - Feel warmer
You are always looking for ways to cut your heating bills, right? Well, adding humidity in your house will make it feel warmer. With a proper level of moisture, you can turn the thermostat down several degrees.
5 - Relieve allergy symptoms
Allergy sufferers must deal with sore throats and nasal passages. Adding moisture to the air can help soothe those tissues. In the past, some humidifiers made the air too moist encouraging mold and bacteria growth. Newer models can more accurately control the humidity level.
6 - No more shocking experiences
Static electricity is made much worse by the dry winter air. While we mostly think of it as an annoyance, built-up static can damage your electronic devices. In extreme cases, the sparks can ignite flammable gas or dust.
7 - Prevent wood damage
When wood gets too dry it can crack. This can damage furniture, hardwood floors, and woodwork. Proper humidity levels will protect your home.
One option is to buy portable humidifiers, but you will likely need one for each room. Fire & Ice recommends a whole house system. It is attached to your central heating system and connected to your home's water supply providing two huge advantages:
- The moisture is carried through your ductwork and distributed evenly throughout the house. There's no need for separate portable units that get in the way.
- Because there's a constant water supply there is no tank to refill and no standing water to promote the growth of mold and bacteria.
Fire & Ice features whole-house humidifiers by Aprilaire. They can be used with any furnace and can provide humidification for homes up to 4,200 square feet.
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Don't put up with dry air making your Columbus, OH home uncomfortable during the winter months. Call Fire & Ice Heating & Air Conditioning to learn more about whole-house humidification. Follow us on Facebook for more great information like this.