Winters are pretty mild here on the seashore, and with several weeks of warm weather still left in the summer season, you’re likely not thinking such about your heating system. But just as important as keeping warm this winter is making sure that moisture levels in your home don’t get too low. Dry air can be a big problem around here in the winter, as falling temperatures and the salt of our sea air drop relative humidity levels to surprising lows. The good news is that there’s a solution: a whole-house humidifier, installed by professional technicians. Here’s how it works.
Problems Cause by Low Humidity
We usually define low humidity as any state where relative humidity levels drop below 30%. That creates a number of health and comfort issues for your home:
- Skin becomes dry and cracked, creating itches and sores. Lips become chapped as well.
- Sinuses dry out, which increases the chances of colds or flu bugs.
- The air feels cooler than it is, forcing the heater to work harder.
- Static electricity becomes an active nuisance.
- Furniture and home furnishings can become damaged.
Humidifiers Restore the Balance
A humidifier is based on very straightforward principles, since adding moisture to the air doesn’t take much. A pad soaks up water from a reservoir, and a fan blows across the pad to send the moisture through out ducts and into your home. The simplicity means that it works extremely well, and provided that it is installed properly, can solve the problem of dry air in your home for good. Among its other benefits, it can lower the strain on your heating system by helping the air seem warmer and when applied over time can even extend the lifetime of the system.
Call Aspen Cooling and Heating, Inc. today to install a humidifier in your home!