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Humidifier Benefits: What You Need to Know

Humidifier 2A humidifier does precisely what the name suggests – it makes air more humid. A whole home humidifier works by creating soothing water vapor that is sent throughout your home via the heat returns. You get to decide how much or how little water vapor you desire with the touch of a button. Adding moisture back into the air inside your home can make more of an impact on the health and comfort of your home.

When to Use a Humidifier
Normally, homes need de-humidifying during hot summer months and humidifying during dry winter months. Where you live can impact when you humidify your home and how much moisture you need. Still, most homes in the U.S. will feel most comfortable with a 30-50 percent humidity setting.
There are specialized instruments, called hygrometers or humidistats, which are used to measure how much moisture is in the air. Your whole home humidifier attaches to your furnace and the humidistat is built right into your humidifier. Let’s take a look at some specific humidifier benefits:

1. Health
Dry winter air can be a welcome host environment for the bacteria and allergens which lead to illnesses like colds, flu and asthma. Putting some much needed moisture back into your home during winter could make these problems far less likely or at least less severe.

2. Comfort
Keeping the air in your home moist will benefit your skin. The air in your house pulls moisture out of everything inside – your wooden doors and windows, wooden floors, electronics, upholstered furniture and your skin. This is why dry, cracked skin is such a common winter complaint. It also explains why your eyes itch and your nose may dry out. The air around you is literally pulling moisture from your body. Fortunately, among other humidifier benefits, you can include improved skin moisture.

3. Warmth
One reason that summer air feels warm and winter air feels cold has to do with humidity levels. Summer air is loaded with moisture and that makes it feel warmer. By contrast, winter air devoid of moisture feels quite cold. Logically, if you put moisture back into the air inside your house, you’ll feel warmer. You’ll probably be able to turn down your thermostat a few degrees too.

At E & Q Heating & Cooling we understand about the discomfort of too-dry winter air. We are all about comfort. That is why we recommend installing a whole home humidifier this season. It’s the quickest and easiest way to make your family healthier, warmer and more comfortable. The help on utility bills is just another of the many humidifier benefits we’d love to tell you about. Come in today and let us make your home the comfortable retreat you want it to be.