The holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. Many adults receive much-needed rest, kids are on a school break, and families gather together to celebrate. And thanks to colder weather, people find themselves spending much more time indoors. However, family sickness and discomfort can quickly ruin your holiday cheer.
Dry air can cause respiratory issues, itchy eyes, and even raise energy bills. Luckily, a whole-home humidifier can restore your home’s moisture levels and your family’s health. In this blog by the experts at Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric, learn all about whole-home humidifiers and how they can benefit you this winter.
Whole Home Humidifiers
As temperatures drop, so does the humidity inside your home. As your furnace warms your home, it may decrease the moisture simultaneously. With humidifiers, moisture is put back into your air. Whole-home humidifiers bring water vapor directly to your air ducts to circulate throughout your home. On the other hand, stand-alone humidifiers, such as cool mist and evaporative humidifiers, increase moisture in specific areas. Many whole-home humidifiers attach to your existing HVAC system, making it an easy addition to your home’s indoor environment. There are various moisture-adding systems to choose from, including steam humidifiers and central humidifiers.
You may wonder if whole-house humidifiers are a good idea for Texas residents. With the exceptionally dry air in Texas, they can be very beneficial. Let’s take a look at the benefits and why a whole-home humidifier may be a good idea for you and your family.
Improve Your Family’s Health
While many of us recognize that dry air may cause us to reach for our lip balm more frequently, dry air can also contribute to more severe health problems. Poor indoor air quality caused by dry air can lead to a host of health problems for you and your family, including:
- Increased risk of cold, flu, and respiratory conditions
- Itchy eyes
- Poor sleep
For infections like the flu, particles last longer and spread easier in drier air. Similarly, a lack of moisturizer can dry out our nasal passages, throats, and skin, leading to allergies and infections. The standard range for ideal humidity is about 30-60%, and indoor humidity can drop as low as 20% during the winter months. You and your family can stay healthy all winter by adding moisture to your air with a whole-home humidifier.
Lower Your Energy Bill
This December, many Texans will turn on their furnaces for the first time all year, which often leads to a higher energy bill. You can save some dollars on your next statement with the help of a whole-home humidifier.
Moist air feels warmer, and when humidity levels are high, it acts similar to how a blanket warms us. Heat also leaves the body slower in moist air, meaning sweat doesn’t evaporate as quickly, helping our body temperature to remain higher for longer. While a whole home humidifier uses power to operate, if you choose a humidifier that’s appropriate for your home size, you may save money on your next energy bill.
Maintain Your Home’s Integrity
The last thing you want while snuggling up by the fire is damaged furniture and floors. Dry air can damage your wood doors, floors, molding, and furniture. And dry air can even lead to cracked and bubbled paint.
The lack of moisture in the air causes wood and other materials to weaken, leaving behind vulnerable floors and furniture. Thankfully, a modern humidifier can provide precise control that will help you protect your belongings from damage. If you maintain 30-60% humidity in your home, you can avoid spoiled furniture and maintain your home’s appearance for years to come.
Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with Whole Home Humidifiers
You’re sure to spend time inside this festive season, whether it’s a holiday party, family get-together, or cozy night by the fire. So, don’t let the winter flu season or expensive energy bills get in the way of your festivities. A whole-home humidifier can boost indoor air quality to a healthy, comfortable level throughout your home.
A professional HVAC technician can choose and install the humidifier that best fits your home for optimal results. If you’re interested in boosting indoor air quality or installing a whole-house humidifier, contact the experts at Bacon Plumbing Heating Air Electric.
Everyone Loves Bacon! Your Trusted Indoor Air Quality Experts
Boost your health, save money, and stay cozy this winter season with whole-home humidifiers. Proudly serving the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, our professionals can help you decide what humidifier is right for your home. Call us at (972) 791-8332 or contact us online to boost indoor air quality today!