Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Blog : Posts Tagged ‘Humidifiers’

Dry Air Makes It Harder to Heat Your Home

Monday, January 21st, 2019

cold-man-with-thermostatWinter brings cold weather—we all expect that, and we have home heating systems to help keep our families warm. (If you don’t have a heating system or need a replacement, schedule service with our technicians.)

But winter brings more than cold with it. It also brings dry air. Moisture is drawn out of the air by freezing conditions, which gives the air that sharp crispness of the season. Homes can also experience dry air because of old atmosphere furnaces, which draw air from inside the home to work and then force the dry outside air to move in.

Dry conditions may make a hot summer day easier to take, but in winter it’s the opposite. When the air in your house is too dry (below 30% relative humidity), you’ll have a harder time keeping it warm.

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How a Whole-House Humidifier Helps Your House in Winter

Monday, October 17th, 2016

The most important step for prepping your home for the coming winter weather is to arrange for maintenance for the heating system. (Sign up for our Comfort Club and you can get started right away!) But there are some other steps to take as well, including making upgrades to the HVAC system. One that we recommend for many homes is putting in a whole-house humidifier. The installation work is a job professionals must do, but you’ll receive numerous benefits from the system during the winter—and the winters to come. Below are a few of the ways a humidifier will help during cold weather:

A warmer-feeling house

A humidifier doesn’t raise the indoor temperature when it’s running, even though it feels like it does. What’s actually occurring is that the moisture levels in the air make it easier for the human body to retain heat. When the humidity levels are too low, heat escapes rapidly through the skin by perspiration. Proper humidity balance thanks to a whole-house humidifier takes an unpleasant edge off the cold.

Lower energy bills

Dry air forces you to keep your heater running more often in order to overcome the effects mentioned above. With a humidifier working, you can reduce the amount of money you spend running the heater, often by 25% over the winter.

Improved health

Extremely dry conditions weaken the immune system. When sinus membranes dry up, colds and flus can spread quickly from person to person. A humidifier will help lower the incidences of illness in your house over the winter.

Protection for wood and painted surfaces

Low moisture can cause wood to crack and painted surfaces to peel. This can be especially serious for precision musical instruments, but almost any home will benefit with a humidifier to protect its building material.

Comfort Master Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. offers indoor air quality and heating services to Cary, NC.

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