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Do You Need to Add Humidity to Your Home?

woman-in-sweats-hugging-pillow-looking-coldIt’s no secret that the fall and winter seasons bring some pretty chilly temperatures to our area. You’re probably already dreading going out to your car in the morning if you’re traveling to work, school, or errands. But at least you have your nice, comfortable home to return to at the end of the day, right?

What if your home isn’t as comfortable as it could be when temperatures have dropped? Does it signal a heater problem? Well, it could. But oftentimes it’s not actually your furnace or heat pump that’s the problem, but rather the lack of humidity in your home.

While summertime brings excess moisture and makes us feel a lot warmer than it actually is outside, wintertime does the opposite. The good news is, there’s something you can do about it! Contact us about installing a whole-house humidifier in your home.

Why You Want Humidity in the Winter

Many homeowners are familiar with the idea of dehumidifying their homes. Summertime temperatures come along with relative humidity levels above 50% and as a result, we feel super uncomfortable indoors. What many homeowners don’t realize, however, is that when this relative humidity level drops below 30%, it can be just as detrimental to your comfort.

Humidity acts as an insulant. This is why you’re so warm when you have too much of it is the summer! The extra humidity prevents you from being able to sweat, and that is the human body’s natural way to cool down. But in the winter, you want that extra layer of insulation. And without humidity, you’re going to feel colder, try to turn down the heater to compensate, and only end up running your heater for longer than you should have to, paying more for your energy bills and result, and drying your air even more.

Invest in a Whole-House Humidifier

Whole-home humidifiers are installed directly into the ductwork of your HVAC system and help distribute humidity through every inch of your home. It effectively eliminates the dry air that:

  • Dries out your skin, hair, and nails, making you uncomfortable.
  • Causes your wood furnishings and wood flooring to dry out and begin cracking.
  • Makes it easier for you to catch illnesses. This is because your mucus membranes and sinuses dry up and your body loses its natural immune response.

Investing in a whole-house humidifier combats all of this by:

  • Helping you feel warmer in cooler temps (allowing you to turn up the thermostat).
  • Keeping your body hydrated.
  • Helping you avoid illnesses like the cold and flu.
  • Helping you rely on your heater less, therefore reducing your monthly utility bills.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team if you have any questions about humidification or any of the other comprehensive indoor air quality products and services we provide, like air purifiers and air filtration systems to help pull contaminants from inside your home.

For professional Pittsburgh indoor air quality services, reach out to our team.

Call the friendly staff at Boehmer Heating & Cooling for exceptional customer service!

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