Winter brings chilly winds and icy cool temperatures. As the temperatures drop, humidity levels also drop. This can have negative effects on your health, comfort, and energy efficiency. Installing a humidifier as part of your HVAC system is a great way to combat the effects of low humidity.
Investing in a humidifier can be very beneficial, especially in winter. Here are 3 smart reasons to install one in your home.
Most people rely on their furnace to keep their house warm and comfortable in winter. But the problem is that the air becomes uncomfortably dry when the heat is turned on.
When the humidity is low, we tend to feel cooler than the actual temperature. In fact, it can reduce the feeling of warmth by as much as 5°F. Humidity holds heat. The more moisture in the air, the warmer it will feel. Using a humidifier will make your home feel much warmer without having to raise the thermostat. It can help keep the chill out of your home this winter.
Heating and cooling your home accounts for about 50 to 70% of your energy bill. With your furnace running 24/7, this equates to a higher utility bill. Due to the higher fuel costs and colder weather, the Energy Information Administration projects that Americans will pay about 15% more on their heating bills this winter. Luckily, you can save on heating costs by investing on a humidifier.
As mentioned earlier, a humidifier can help make your home feel warmer. You can turn down the temperature by a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. Not only can it help make the cold weather much bearable, it can also help you save money on your energy bill.
Relieve allergy and respiratory infections
Do you frequently wake up with a stuffy nose and irritated nasal passages? If so, you may have a problem with low humidity in your home. The lack of humidity in the air can take a toll on your health. Often, people experience sinus and throat infection, bloody nose, itchy eyes, and dry skin in winter.
Dry air, combined with closed windows, and turned up thermostat can be hard on your respiratory system. It dries out your nasal passages and makes you more susceptible to allergies and other respiratory infections. Raising the humidity levels can help reduce or alleviate these symptoms. As such, we recommend that you install a humidifier in your home.
If you need a humidifier installed in your home, call the experts at American Heat Cool! We can come out to your home and install one of our Carrier humidification systems so you can stay healthy and comfortable all year long.