Winter air is painfully dry, and a whole house humidifier is the best way to keep that dryness at bay.
Balanced humidity in the house is more important than the majority of homeowners know. If you experience dry air in your home, it’s more than just a nuisance. Air that’s not properly humidified can have serious health and comfort implications. Don’t believe us? Read on. Here are 8 ways a humidifier makes winter life better.
1. Reduced heating expenses
Moist air carries heat differently than dry air, so humid air feels warmer than dry air, even if the temperature is the exact same. You’ll run your furnace at a lower temperature with a good humidifier, and save money all through the winter. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, for every degree you heat your house, you add four percent to your energy bill.
2. Improved family health
Low relative humidity can make you more susceptible to catching a cold. Flu viruses have been linked to speedier progression and transmission in dry air. Studies show a direct correlation between high humidity and low flu infections. It might be the difference between using 0 sick days and using 5 this winter.
3. Better sleep
Maintaining the right humidity levels throughout your home not only helps keep your nasal passages and airways healthy, it improves normal breathing.
4. Happy sinuses
Similar to the point above, dry winter air leaves your sinuses parched. Even if you don’t have a cold, winter air noticeably impacts your breathing. Humidifiers greatly reduce the possibility of infection by keeping our mucous membranes moist and allowing the hairs in the sinus to trap and expel any particles in the air.
As your sinuses dry out, they also open up a nice lane for bacteria and viruses to get into your body. You’ll breathe easier and stay healthier through the winter.
5. Softer, more comfortable skin
Skin around your fingernails, on your elbows and on your heels, is prone to cracking when dry. Static shock and dry, flaky, itchy skin, eyes and throat can all be traced back to air that’s not properly humidified.
6. Heal up
A humidifier will help your body get over a cold or flu more quickly. It will also help reduce those horrible cold and flu symptoms, like dry coughs and runny noses.
7. Protect your wood furniture
Bit by bit, your antique wood furnishings are drying out. Winter accelerates the process and leads to cracks and greater susceptibility to other damage.
If you want to keep that antique bar, you need balanced air. Dry air can cause structural damage to walls and hardwood.
8. Plant endurance
The plants inside your house clean the air you breathe. When the air dries out, life gets hard for your plants, and you start losing the air cleaning benefits.
If you don’t want to take up watering your plants 2 or more times each day, a humidifier goes a long way.
We can help identify the right humidifier for your family. Stop by our showroom or give us a call today.