What Do You Hate in the Summer But Want in the Winter? Yup, Humidity.
If you’ve taken our advice on getting your furnace tuned-up, followed our guidelines on how to get the most out of your heating system, and are following our winter heating safety instructions, we know that you’re safe, warm, and cozy so far this winter.
We know there’s a downside too, though: that furnace that’s working so hard to keep you warm and comfy is also drying out the air. A lack of humidity in circulating air can actually cause or worsen several issues:
- dry skin
- sinus pain
- nose bleeds
- allergies, asthma, and/ or eczema
- static electricity
You could treat these individually, of course, with hand lotion, saline nasal spray, hydrocortisone cream, etc., or you could treat them all together by installing a humidifier. Whole-house humidifier systems can be used in conjunction with the HVAC system you already have – ensuring you stay comfortable all year long. (You don’t have an HVAC system? You can call us about that too!)
- improves heating system efficiency. Because water droplets in the air – that is, humidity – are great conductors of heat, you can turn the thermostat lower because the humidity will keep the air warmer longer.
- reduces the symptoms associated with asthma, eczema, and allergies.
- promotes better breathing and reduces pain from sore throats or dried out sinuses.
- prevents painful shocks from the buildup of static electricity.
Dry air affects more than just the people in your home or office. It also affects the wooden structures – floors, trim, furniture, molding, etc. – and can cause them to shrink or crack. Extra dry air can cause plaster and paint to crack, peel, or flake and it’s possible that books and other paper objects could shrink, warp, and/or become brittle.
Home humidifiers are fully adjustable and give you total control over your home’s humidity level. These systems can be installed and maintained by your trusted HVAC professional. And, since it should be inspected each year to ensure optimal operation, having both a humidifier and an HVAC system means that you can have both systems inspected together.
For more information on how you and your family can benefit from a whole-home humidifier system, contact the professionals atFolkes Heating and Air Conditioning. Folkes has proudly served the residents of Hudson Valley, NY for over 15 years.
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