Home Air Quality and Dry Winters

Home air quality and comfort can make a world of difference.

This is the time of year in Wisconsin when the dry air in your home can be downright unhealthy for your family and for your home. Not the mention the static shocks that can be a nuisance to your family and your pets. The dry air not only affects your skin and hair and can give you a dry nose and itchy skin, but it can aggregate asthma and allergy symptoms. Even if you don’t have allergies, it has been proven that may viruses such as the common cold or the flu thrive in areas with low humidity. This can increase the likelihood of catching a virus.

It’s also unhealthy for your home. Dry air can affect the wood in your home. Your furniture can become brittle, wood molding can warp, and creaking or cracked floors are very common. It can even cause paint and plaster to chip or peel.

What causes your home to lose humidity in the winter?

Colder weather is naturally lower in humidity, and when it’s cold outside we turn up the heat in our homes. This can cause the relative humidity in our homes to drop by up to 15%. Turning your temperature up in the wintertime will help you feel warmer but it won’t help your humidity level.

Running a humidifier in your home puts humidity back into the air. That extra humidity can make your home feel warmer when it is cold outside, so you may be able to save money on your heating bills by keeping the temperature in your home a degree to two lower. But, it can be counter-productive to run several individual humidifiers in various rooms in your home–not to mention the additional electricity it takes to run them.

 What is the difference between a portable humidifier and a whole-house unit?

With a whole-house humidifier once it is installed you can pretty much forget about it. It is quiet and requires little to no maintenance. It is installed to work with your heating equipment and has features to automatically control and monitor temperatures and change humidity as needed. On the other hand portable humidifiers come with a lot of maintenance. Expect to refill the water daily and change filters often. It’s also recommended to clean the water tanks thoroughly every 3 days. Unlike the whole home humidifier which is pretty much soundless, the portable humidifiers can be as noisy as having a window air conditioner. You can also expect to pay more for the portable humidifiers. Whole-home units utilize your furnace blower and the portable units must include one. Along with being cheaper to invest in, running the whole-home humidifier will literally only cost pennies per year to operate!

Whole-house humidifiers are a great solution.

Installing a whole-house humidifier you will help feel better in your home. Whole-House humidifiers can be installed directly into your existing heating and cooling system and can properly balance the humidity levels in your home.

Whole- house humidifiers can also help you save money on your heating bills this winter too. The humidifier will make air in your home more comfortable at a lower thermostat setting. The EPA states that you can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat! Proper air flow will improve home comfort and money savings.

Williams Heating and Cooling can help add or adjust your humidifier and correct the air flow in your home. Call us today!