In our previous blog post, we covered the indoor air quality additions that would be best for your home as we head into fall. In the most ideal situation, this would be a combination of a whole-house media filter, a UV air purifier, and a humidifier. But not just any humidifier! A whole-house humidifier.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with a portable humidifier. This is a great option for a single room, particularly if it’s a young child’s room, or you’re putting it in the room of someone who is ill with a cold. But if your entire home’s relative humidity level is below 30% (the ideal range is 30-50%) then you need a little more “umph”… in the form of a whole-house system. Read on as we uncover the many benefits of this indoor air quality installation.
When you have a considerable lack of moisture in the air, it enables your body to more readily lose heat, making cold temperatures feel even cooler. As we head into fall, those temperatures will definitely be dropping, and that extra moisture can act as an insulator for you and your family–slowing down heat loss and helping you feel warmer.
Dry air can make your home feel colder–by as much as 8°F. This means you’re going to be blasting your heater, trying to reach your desired temperature on the thermostat, but you might still not feel that warm. With the addition of a whole-house humidifier and that extra warmth, you’ll be able to adjust the thermostat, meaning the heater won’t have to run as long and therefore it won’t consume as much energy.
A Healthier Household
As we mentioned in our previous blog post, dry air dries out mucous membranes. This is your body’s natural defense against virus and germ transmission. So having higher humidity in your home can literally keep you and your family healthy!
Dry skin, chapped lips, eye irritation–these are all problems that are exacerbated by dry air. Installing a whole-house humidifier can resolve this, though!
Less Static Electricity
We get it, it’s fun to slide your socks across the carpet in order to shock a sibling or a spouse. As funny as it is though, dry air can actually cause a lot of problems when it causes static electricity, such as damaged electrical components. But with whole-house humidification, this won’t be an issue.
What If My Humidity Is Too High?
With it still being summertime, you may be wondering why we’re already talking about dry air. It’s still plenty humid out, right?! Well, we want you to be well prepared! But if you’re finding that your home is a little moist for your tastes, we have a solution for that too–a whole-house dehumidifier. Please don’t hesitate to ask our team for our great recommendations!
For your indoor air quality needs in Pittsburgh and beyond, look no further than our team. Call the friendly staff at Boehmer Heating & Cooling for exceptional customer service!