The only thing worse than the bitter cold of Kansas City winters is the stale, dry air in our homes when we turn the furnace on. The dry skin, chapped lips and cracking floors and furniture make the coldest season of the year even harder to bear. So what can we do about it?
The one thing missing from winter air is the moisture that makes spring air so nice and comfortable. Fortunately, it’s extremely easy to get that back! Before you turn on your furnace this coming winter, call Top Notch Heating & Cooling and ask about installing a humidifier in your home. Humidifiers can do much more than make you more comfortable in the winter – they can also keep you healthier and help you run your humidifier more efficiently!
What are the benefits of humidifier installation?
Chapped lips and dry itchy skin are just some of the annoyances associated with dry winter air. Fortunately, humidifiers solve these problems and more! Some of the benefits of installing a humidifier in your home include:
- Helping ease cold symptoms by keeping the air moist and your lungs elastic
- Helping reduce susceptibility to infection by helping your throat and nasal passages to expel foreign objects like mold, pet dander and bacteria
- Relieving and preventing itchy dry skin and lips
- Keeping wood furniture from drying out and cracking
- Reducing static electricity in your home
- Keeping wood floors from buckling and separating
- Reducing nasal irritation and preventing nosebleeds
It’s also a fact that slightly humid air retains more heat than dry air. You’ve probably heard of dry heat, which feels less oppressive than extremely humid summer air. That’s because the presence of moisture in the air makes that air feel warmer (and alternatively, drier air doesn’t feel as warm). This means if you have a humidifier installed in your home, you’ll be able to turn down your thermostat by a few degrees and still feel perfectly comfortable!
Types of Humidifiers
There are a number of different types of humidifiers you can install to make your home more comfortable during the winter.
Steam humidifiers – the most popular type of humidifier, steam humidifiers provide better humidity and have very little risk of growing moldy. Steam humidifiers can be installed in attics and other unconditioned areas in your home with no risk of freezing. Best of all, steam humidifier maintenance is extremely easy – just replace the canister at the beginning the heating season to enjoy months of comfort.
Flow through (bypass) humidifiers – bypass humidifiers drip water through a foam or expanded aluminum pad. As the water drips down, air from your ducts picks it up and blows it into your home. Any water that isn’t picked up by the blower drains through the base of the humidifier. When you use a bypass humidifier system, be sure to change the foam or aluminum pad once a year. Otherwise it will clog up or accumulate mold.
Wicking humidifiers – wicking humidifiers absorb water from a reservoir, evaporating it and blowing the vapor around your home. Wicking humidifiers operate based on the existing humidity levels in your home, which means they naturally adjust themselves to maintain the perfect humidity levels every time. The water panel must be replaced twice a season in order to prevent mold growth.
If you’re tired of dry winter air woes and want to improve your Kansas City home’s all-around comfort, call Top Notch Heating & Cooling today!