Why Should I Install a Whole House Humidifier?

Family breathing easy with whole house humidifier in New Jersey

It’s a reality we have to deal with here in New Jersey: as the weather gets colder, the air gets dryer – including the air inside your home.

As a homeowner, that leaves you with three choices: you can live with it, buy a big bag of throat lozenges, or do something to shift indoor humidity levels to healthier levels. We highly recommend you choose the third option and the best way to do that is to invest in a whole house humidifier.

Compact and connected directly to your HVAC system, a whole house humidifier unit adds water vapor to the air that circulates through your ductwork. You can adjust how much water vapor is added by setting humidity levels on your thermostat, just as you do with the temperature.

Optimum humidity levels, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), are:

  • Comfortable: 30 – 60 percent
  • Ideal: 45 – 55 percent
  • High: 55 – 80 percent

The benefits of properly humidified air

Properly humidified air inside your home will protect your:

  • Health – Over-dry air makes you more prone to respiratory issues. It also makes you more vulnerable to infection, since it dries out mucous membranes – your body’s first line of defense against germs. Many viruses thrive in low-humidity environments, too.
  • Comfort – Over-dry air can worsen allergies and asthma symptoms and lead to dry noses, sore throats, and cracked skin. It can also make sleep difficult.
  • Property – Over-dry air can damage wood floors, furniture, and artwork. It can also worsen static electricity, which can damage delicate electronics.
  • Wallet – Properly humidified air feels warmer (think of a humid summer day) – which means you can drop your thermostat by a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. Lower temps mean lower bills.

Don’t suffer needlessly with over-dry air this winter – invest in a whole house humidifier from Mark Lindsay Plumbing. Contact us today for a FREE Estimate!

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