During the winter months when cold outside air and inside forced-air heating can dry out indoor air, a humidifier is a good way to add moisture to the air in your house. To humidify a room or small area, a portable humidifier is recommended, while a whole-house unit, installed in your HVAC ducting, can add moisture to your entire home. Adding moisture in the winter can raise your comfort levels, protect your household belongings, and save money on heating. Here are five reasons to purchase a humidifier:
- Prevent illnesses. The tiny hairs in your nose trap bacteria and other harmful substances. If it’s not humid enough, these hairs don’t function properly, and you can wind up with a pesky cold or flu. Additionally, humid air can soothe some of your cold or flu symptoms by moistening your dry nasal passages and throat and helping you breathe easier.
- Protect furnishings. Too little moisture in the air can damage and crack furnishings, fixtures and wooden musical instruments.
- Save money on energy bills. Controlling the humidity in your home can help you save money on energy. The more humid the air is, the warmer you feel. This means that you won’t have to crank up the heat as much, and you’ll see the results of that in your energy bills each month.
- Keep your skin moisturized. Having the heat blasting during the winter months can be a double-edged sword. While it’s nice to stay warm, your skin can become tight, dry, itchy, and just downright uncomfortable. A humidifier can help keep your skin and lips moist.
- Control static electricity. Gone are the days of petting the cat or touching your hair and getting shocked with a jolt of static electricity and a head full of frizzy hair. A humidifier lessens the potential for static electricity in your home.
For more information about humidifiers or how to properly humidify your home, please contact us at Mowery Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We have proudly served the Greater Indianapolis area for more than 40 years.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Brownsburg, Indiana and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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