Do you often wake up in the mornings with a dry, scratchy throat? While you may think it’s caused by a cold or virus, the real problem might actually be your home’s uncomfortably dry air. What you need to combat this problem is a humidifier.
In the past, you may have tried using a portable humidifier for individual rooms. However, these units need constant refilling and cleaning to prevent unhealthy bacteria buildup. Luckily, there is a better, more convenient solution — a whole-house humidifier.
With a whole-house humidifier, humidity is added to the air of your entire home through your heating ducts. The humidity level in your home is monitored and controlled by your thermostat in much the same way it controls the temperature. As a result, you’ll be able to experience an even level of moisture in your home all year long.
There are many advantages of a whole-house humidifier, including:
- Improved health — Increasing humidity in the air of your home can improve your family’s health. Low humidity allows viruses to thrive and increase the likelihood of flu, colds and respiratory illnesses.
- Greater comfort – Humidity in the air can reduce symptoms of asthma and allergies and reduce your chances of developing a dry nose, a sore throat and dry, itchy skin.
- Avoid damage – Humidity protects wood floors, wood furniture, electronics, musical instruments, paint and plaster.
- Save energy – Greater humidity might mean you can lower your thermostat, since your home will feel warmer. Each degree lower can save you up to 4 percent on heating costs, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
For additional expert advice about whole-house humidifiers, contact Paschal Heat, Air and Geothermal in Northwest Arkansas.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Springdale, Arkansas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about whole-house humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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