You should be able to stay comfortable in your home. However, dry air can make your living conditions uncomfortable and can cause health problems, such as:
- Sore throats
- Dry eyes or nose
- Chapped skin and/or lips
- Itchy skin
- Worsened symptoms associated with asthma, allergies, or illnesses (like colds and cases of flu)
10 Reasons You Need a Whole-Home Humidifier
During cold winter months or especially hot summer days, the air in your home may be dry, which is why you may want to install a humidifier. Adding moisture to the air can benefit homeowners by:
- Protecting your furniture and floors - A humidifier can work to maintain the condition of wooden items in your home. Woodwork, such as your flooring or furniture, can crack if the air is too dry or the humidity levels continually fluctuate.
- Protecting your instruments - Instruments including pianos, violins, and other string instruments need to be kept within certain humidification ranges or they can be damaged.
- Clearing nasal passages - If your sinuses are irritated because of allergens in the air, a humidifier can help alleviate irritation and help keep your cilium (the strands in your nasal cavity) healthy.
- Improving your sleep - If you or a housemate snore, a humidifier can help stop snoring caused by dry airways. A humidifier can also improve your overall comfort at night as you fall asleep by helping improve your breathing and protecting your throat and vocal cords from becoming dry or scratchy.
- Easing symptoms of an illness - A humidifier can keep your nasal cavity from drying out and ease cold or flu symptoms, such as a stuffy nose, irritated throat, or difficulty breathing. As mentioned, the moisture in the air also helps you sleep better, which can aid in your recovery.
- Eliminating static shocks - A humidifier can help eliminate static, which can minimize dry shocks experienced when you touch your carpet, laundry, or other things that build up static.
- Decreasing the spread of some germs - Certain viruses (like the flu) can be transmitted more easily in dry conditions. Using a humidifier can help create less favorable conditions for viruses to survive and/or spread.
- Moisturizing your skin and lips - As mentioned, dry air can cause your skin or lips to feel itchy or flake. While using more lotion or Chapstick can help you regain lost moisture, a humidifier can naturally help you rehydrate your skin and lips. You may also have a dry or itchy scalp and hair because of dry air, and a humidifier can keep the humidity levels in your home at a level that benefits a healthy scalp and hair.
- Helping your houseplants - If you are a plant lover, your plants can also suffer because of the dry air (i.e. suffering leaf loss or stunted growth). A humidifier can help indoor plants thrive and remain healthy.
- Saving you money - A humidifier can make the air feel more comfortable at lower temperatures. Running your thermostat at a low temperature can save energy and help lower your utility bills.
What Are Whole-Home Humidifiers?
While you are likely familiar with portable, self-contained humidifiers, whole-home humidifiers are very different. Unlike portable humidifiers, a whole-home system can manage the humidity and air quality in more than one room of your home, and they require less daily maintenance. These humidifiers are installed in your home’s HVAC system and work to restore the moisture that your furnace dries out. Installing a whole-home humidifier requires the assistance of an experienced HVAC technician.
Contact Arco Comfort Air
With over 60 years of experience, our experienced HVAC technicians would be happy to help you improve your home’s air quality and install a humidifier. We are known for our:
- Fair Pricing
Don’t wait until you are uncomfortable and/or the air quality in your home is unbearable to reach out to our team. Contact our team online or at (216) 220-2566 today and schedule an appointment. Your comfort and satisfaction are our priority.