Should I Install a Whole House Humidifier?

Posted On: September 17, 2013

Dry skin, chapped lips, peeling paint, head colds, increased asthma—these are all hassles you have to deal with each winter. But they are also hassles that can be solved with a simple solution to improving the indoor air quality of your home: a whole house humidifier.

Before you turn on your furnace this coming winter, consider installing a humidifier in your home. The benefits don’t end there though, humidifiers can do much more than make you more comfortable in the winter—they can also keep you healthier and help your HVAC system run more efficiently!

Still wondering if you should install a whole house humidifier? Learn more about the benefits from the heating and cooling experts at Top Notch:

Improve Your Family’s Health with a Whole House Humidifier

The winter season is almost synonymous with seasonal colds or the flu, but installing a whole house humidifier can help combat falling ill during the colder months. Many viruses thrive in low-humidity environments, such as a dry, heated home. When your home is a great host for viruses it can increase your likelihood of catching the flu, colds, and other respiratory ailments.

The American Academy of Otolaryngology states that exposure to overly dry environments can make you more susceptible to infection, another reasons you should install a humidifier for your whole home. Putting humidity back into your home can not only reduce the incidence of being sick, but also decrease aggravated allergy and asthma symptoms caused by drier air quality.

Increase Home Comfort from a Whole-House Humidifier

While you will naturally be a lot more comfortable without being bogged down by a winter cold or seasonal flu, whole house humidifiers can also increase the overall comfort of your home. Overly dry air can lead to physical discomfort, as seen in:

  • Dry noses
  • Nosebleeds
  • Cracked, itchy skin
  • Sore throats
  • Dry, cracked lips
  • And more

The improved comfort doesn’t end there—static shock and electricity in homes are mostly caused by dry air circulating through your heating system. By increasing the humidity of your entire house, you can avoid those painful (and surprising) shocks when shuffling through your home this winter.

Preserve Your Home with a Humidifier

In addition to health and comfort improvements to your home, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humidifiers help alleviate common nuisances caused by the dry winter heat, including:

  • Peeling wallpaper
  • Cracks in paint and plaster
  • Destruction to furniture and artwork
  • Damage to electronics and musical equipment
  • And more

Save Money This Winter with a Whole House Humidifier Installation

While a whole house humidifier may seem like a larger investment before the winter season officially begins, by not installing a whole house humidifier unit, you may have to deal with higher energy costs all winter long. Since dry, heated air deprives your skin of moisture, you will feel colder and likely turn up the heat—forcing your heating system to work harder through the bitter wintertime. The EPA states that you can save up to four percent on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat!

By installing a whole house humidifier in your Kansas City area home (including Overland Park, Olathe, Mission Hills, Shawnee, and Lenexa), you should reap the health, home comfort, and money savings benefits all winter long and for years to come.

If you’re tired of coming home to dry air and are interested in improving your indoor air quality, contact Top Notch Heating, Cooling & Plumbing today. We can schedule an estimate for your whole house humidifier installation. We want to make sure that you and your family are comfortable, healthy, and warm all winter long!

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