A humidifier is an add-on accessory that can easily be installed on your home’s heating and air conditioning system. When the air outside gets colder, the humidity level in the air drops. This natural drop in humidity outdoors also means uncomfortably low humidity indoors. Many people suffer through low humidity indoors every winter without even knowing that there is a solution.
How do you know you have low indoor humidity? The first place you experience lower humidity levels is in your body. Common symptoms include worsened allergy symptoms, frequent colds, respiratory sickness, sore throats, dry mouth, dry skin frequent cough and nose bleeds. The second place you recognize low humidity levels is inside your home. As the humidity levels drop inside, everything in your home begins to dry out. Some of the symptoms for your home include wood that shrinks such as trim or hardwood flooring. If you are noticing cracks or gaps in your wood, your home is most likely suffering with low humidity levels. Another sure-fire way to tell if you have low humidity is through static electricity. If your family suffers from frequent static electric shocks, the humidity level is definitely too low in your house.
How does a steam humidifier work to fix my low humidity? A steam humidifier works by sensing the humidity level in your home through a humidistat. Just as your home’s thermostat senses the temperature in your home, the humidistat constantly measures the humidity levels. When the humidistat senses that the humidity level is lower than the desired set point, it sends a signal to the steam humidifier to start raising the humidity. The steam humidifier then cuts on and heats the water in a reservoir to convert it to steam. Once the steam begins to be created, the humidifier then tells your furnace to turn on the to the low speed or even better a super low speed if you have a variable speed furnace.
The steam then enters the supply ductwork and pumps fresh moisture rich air into your home. This process continues until the air reaches the desired humidity level and the humidistat lets the steam humidifier and the furnace know that they can take a break, until next time. The humidifier will cycle on and off just like your home’s heating and air conditioning system to maintain comfortable humidity levels 24 hours a day.
After the steam humidifier is installed, you will quickly start to notice that your mouth and throat are not scratchy, dry and sore after you wake up. Breathing symptoms such as snoring will ease and your cold symptoms will reduce. Your home’s woodwork, artwork and furnishings will stabilize and stop that harmful shrinking.
The best part of a steam humidifier is that once the relative humidity of your home’s indoor air is raised back to a normal level, the air in your home will feel warmer. Many people report that they change their heating thermostat set point 2-3 degrees cooler after the installation of a humidifier. This lower heat set point results in much lower energy costs to heat your home. In fact, the lower energy cost more than offset the cost of installing the whole home humidifier.
Installing a whole home humidifier not only makes sense to improve your indoor air quality, but it very quickly begins to put money in your pocket every winter month. With the rapidly rising cost of energy, installing a whole house humidifier just makes sense.
Wade Heating & Air is now offering $100 off Honeywell Steam Humidifier Installation. Call us at 770-941-8598 to schedule your appointment.
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