What do you think of when you think of keeping your home comfortable throughout the winter season. Your heater, right? Of course, always with the heaters. Yes, your heater is definitely going to take the spotlight when it comes to the systems that you use in your home throughout the coldest time of the year. Keeping your home warm and cozy shouldn’t be where it all ends, though. You also need to maintain great indoor air quality in your home.
That is not always as easy as it may seem. In fact, many homeowners are surprised to learn that the air quality in their homes is worse off than that outside! We’re not going to be focusing on pollutant levels in today’s post, however. Instead, we’re going to discuss humidity levels. Particularly, why you may want to use a whole-house humidifier in Bolingbrook, IL! If you don’t have a whole-house humidifier in place, you may find yourself in a tough spot when winter sets in.
Why Worry About Humidity in the Winter?
Well, summertime can be humid in a lot of places. I know that. But why worry about it in the winter? It’s not like we have swampy, humid days when the temperature drops.
No, we don’t. And that’s the issue.
When the weather gets cold, humidity in the air outside can actually drop much lower than is ideal. When you are in your home and running your heater, the air is being warmed up. However, it may well still be much drier than is ideal. Why is this an issue? Well, very dry air can lead to issues like:
- Reduced heating efficiency, since dry air does not retain heat as well as properly humidified air does.
- Dry, itchy skin that splits and cracks.
- Increased risk of illness due to dried out mucous membranes.
- Bloody noses.
- Static shocks.
But I Have Portable Humidifiers
Sure, you can use a portable humidifier in the winter. However, those systems are really not much good in whole-house applications. You’ll be much better off with a whole-house system. Whole-house humidifiers give you much more accurate control over humidity levels. They have designated water feeds, so you don’t have to worry about a storage tank running dry. They are also quite efficient. You don’t need to wheel a unit around the house or invest in multiple units.
Just remember that a whole-house humidifier will need to be professionally installed and serviced, just like any other whole-house HVAC or indoor air quality equipment. Leave the job to the pros on our team for a job well-done. When you work with us, we’ll make sure that your system is integrated into your HVAC system at large properly, and that it functions precisely as it should. That way, you won’t have to worry about your home drying out too much or about problems like leaks doing damage to your home as you try to adjust humidity levels appropriately. Contact us with any questions you may have.