Why You Should Install a Humidifier

Published: 16th April 2010
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Today's health- and eco-conscious homeowners are concerned about more than just heating and cooling their homes. According to Aris Parviz of Virginia's Able Air-1, Inc., the HVAC industry has been refocused in recent years, and moisture control is becoming an important consideration for any HVAC system. Here, Parviz talks about the benefits of installing a humidifier in your home.



Homes today are better insulated and more airtight than older ones. While an airtight home helps reduce your energy costs, it can also contribute to poor indoor air quality if issues like air filtration and moisture control are not taken into account. Therefore, the HVAC industry has shifted its efforts away from just heating and cooling indoor air. Now we're more focused on the total comfort of a building's inhabitants, and a home humidifier is just one way we can improve indoor air quality.



Avoiding Your Health Problems

A home humidifier works in two ways. First, it measures the moisture within the home; and second, it hydrates the air when moisture levels are too low. Indoor dry air can cause many health problems, such as eye irritation, congested nasal passages, dry and cracked skin, and dry lips. According to medical experts, too little moisture in the air can increase the possibility of catching or transmitting cold and flu viruses. And for individuals with asthma or other chronic respiratory problems, inadequate moisture can trigger asthma attacks, sinusitis, bronchitis and other types of inflammation.



Introducing moisture into the air can help keep the body hydrated, soothe dry skin and lips, ward off nosebleeds and prevent respiratory difficulties. Adequate hydration can also help reduce your family's susceptibility to infection by keeping mucus membranes moist and helping the body expel foreign particles like pet dander, mold spores and bacteria. If you do happen to catch a cold or the flu, moisture in the air can help relieve your symptoms. In fact, many doctors recommend home humidifiers to help speed recovery from respiratory illnesses and flu.



Lowing You Heating Bills

Beyond impacting your family's health and safety, dry air can also damage your home. Cracked and separating hardwood floors, molding and furniture are just some costly results of a lack of humidity. By regulating the moisture within your home, you can help preserve your delicate woodwork and furniture as well as maintain your home's value.



Dry air reduces the efficiency and effectiveness of your heating system as well. The lack of moisture in the air gives a false sense that the conditioned space is cooler than it actually is, causing us to increase the temperature on our thermostats to stay comfortable. That ultimately burns energy that could've been conserved. Installing a humidifier can actually make you and your family feel warmer at cooler temperatures, which will allow you to set your thermostat at a lower temperature in the winter, decreasing you heating bills.



Adequately hydrated air also helps reduce static electricity. Static can become problematic when indoor air is dry. When few moisture molecules are present on indoor surfaces, static is better able to form and accumulate. Excess static electricity can deliver an annoying shock, and even harm your computer equipment and other home electronics. By preventing static buildup, you can prevent equipment failures and static-induced erratic behavior, and avoid costly repairs.



Central humidifiers installed by the experts at AbleAir-1 will automatically introduce moisture back into the air which circulates throughout your house. It enables you to stay comfortable at lower temperatures for lower energy use, and allows your heating system to achieve higher operating efficiency.



The information in the article is not intended to substitute for the medical expertise and advice of your healthcare provider. We encourage you to discuss any decisions about treatment or care with an appropriate healthcare provider.



Aris Parviz is a writer for Yodle, a business directory and online advertising company. Find an HVAC contractor or more HVAC contractor articles at Yodle Consumer Guide.


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