How Can a Humidifier Help During the Wintertime?

How Can a Humidifier Help During the Wintertime?Walking into your warm house on a cold day is always a relief, but Long Island homeowners know that their heat can come with an unfortunate side effect — dry air. A simple solution to this problem is a humidifier.

How a Humidifier Improves Home Comfort

Humidifiers come in two types — whole-home models and individual units. Regardless of which you choose, they work in much the same way. They release a controlled amount of water vapor into your home, adding humidity to the air.

Why do you want humidity? When your air is too dry, you see the following problems:

  • Dry, cracking skin
  • Chapped lips
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sore throats
  • Better environment for the types of viruses which thrive in low humidity
  • Cracked, peeling paint and wallpaper
  • Damage to wood and electronics
  • Static electricity

By raising the humidity level in your home, you can lower your family’s chance of catching common winter viruses. If you have family members with breathing problems such as asthma or allergies, humidifiers can make their breathing easier in the winter, as well.

A surprising bonus of using humidifiers is a reduced energy bill. Drier air feels colder. When you add some humidity to your home, you’ll notice that you feel warmer at lower temperatures. As a result, you can lower the thermostat a few degrees without feeling a difference in your comfort level. The lower your thermostat in the winter, the less money you’re spending on your energy bills.

What You Need To Know Before Getting a Humidifier

There are a few things to be aware of if you’ve decided to give humidifiers a try. Individual units are the less expensive option. However, you do need to be careful to clean them regularly. The water inside can lead to mold or mildew growth if left alone too long.

Whole-home systems are a bigger investment, but they can be installed in both new and existing HVAC systems as well as in homes with baseboard or radiant heat.

For more information about choosing the right humidifier or other HVAC issues in your Long Island home, contact Cool Power today.

Our goal is to help educate our customers in Hauppauge, New York and the Long Island area about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidifiers and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Guide or call us at 631-292-0629.

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