The past year has increased the amount of time that many New Jersey residents spend in their homes, and the weather this winter is keeping many of us indoors even more. Spending time indoors makes you more conscious of the air quality in your home. Winter heating can make your home’s air quality that much more important. The optimum relative humidity level for your home should range between 30-50%. Heating the air in your home reduces the humidity in the air dramatically. This can result in chronic health issues and even damage your home’s furnishings over time.
4 Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier
Adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system is an easy and efficient way to add the ideal amount of moisture to improve your home’s air quality. The following are just a few of the ways adding a whole-home humidifier can benefit your family.
- Improve health and wellbeing. Maintaining the recommended humidity levels in your home can improve your overall wellness. Breathing in air that has an overly low humidity level can dry out your nasal passages and mucous membranes, causing a number of respiratory problems. Suffering from issues such as excessive coughing, chapped lips, or a dry, irritated throat may be a symptom of low air humidity. Dry air can also lead to irritated eyes, itchy dry skin. Adding a whole-home humidifier to your home’s heating system can maintain the adequate humidity level needed to reduce symptoms associated with dry air. Reducing respiratory irritations can improve sleep and overall well being.
- Reduce energy costs. When your home’s humidity level increases, you will notice that it feels warmer, even at a lower temperature. Air that is higher in humidity will hold air more efficiently, making your home more comfortable and save you money.
- Reduce Static. Increasing your home’s humidity level will reduce the amount of static electricity.
- Protect wood furnishings and flooring. Low air humidity can negatively impact your home’s furnishings and flooring. Wood that becomes too dry can start to crack or pull away from molding. If you have wooden floors in your home, low levels of humidity may increase creaking and can cause shrinkage and separation.
Adding a whole-home humidifier to your home’s HVAC system makes it easy to control the humidity levels in your home. Simply adjust the thermostat to the desired level, and you are set. Once you no longer need to run the humidifier, simply drain it and turn off the power until the heating system is in use again next season.