We all respond to humidity levels in the air. Too much humidity makes us uncomfortable in any season - too close in the Summer, too clammy in the Winter. In the summer indoor humidity is controlled by central air conditioning or whole-house dehumidifiers. In the winter humidity needs to be added to the air to make it more comfortable.
What common signs indicate your home suffers from too little humidity in the winter?
Indoor air lacking sufficient humidity is unhealthy to you, your family and your home.
In the winter does anyone in your home suffer from a dry nose, nose bleeds or have cracked, itchy skin? What about waking with a sore throat or experiencing painful static shocks? Do allergy and or asthma symptoms seem to be aggravated during the heating season?
What about the negative effects dry air has on the health of your home? Do you notice any chipping paint or plaster damage? Are any wood items like floors, furniture, trim and molding that are cracking or splitting?
Heating your home in the winter greatly reduces the humidity level in the air. Showering & cooking produce some humidity in the air but not nearly enough to properly condition the air.
According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity increasing the likelihood of catching colds, flu and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology even reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infection.
A Whole-House Humidifier installed by the professionals at Apple Comfort’s One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning, will deliver the perfect amount of moisture to your air making you feel more comfortable and greatly reduce if not eliminate the symptoms detailed above.
How It Works
A Whole-House Humidifier is installed directly into your heating and cooling system. Humidity is introduced into your home’s air in the form of water vapor produced by the unit, and distributed via your heating and cooling system ductwork throughout your home. The humidity level is controlled with a thermostat. Some of the systems we offer have the option of installing an automatic digital humidifier controller that monitors the outdoor temperature and indoor humidity levels and adjust the system accordingly.
Why not use a Portable Humidifier vs. a Whole-House Humidification System?
Too much humidity can be as much of a problem as too low humidity in the home. Air that contains too much moisture can create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Portable units introduce humidity to the room they are in making it nearly impossible to control and monitor the proper level in your home.
The standing water in portable systems can also produce microbial organism growth if not cleaned and disinfected daily requiring continual upkeep. A Whole-House humidifier only draws water when the heater is operating so it has no standing water and requires no daily maintenance.
Most homeowners turn up the thermostat because they feel cold. Introducing the proper level of humidity into the air allows you to feel warmer at a lower thermostat setting, saving up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat, according to the EPA.
A maze of heating and air conditioning ducts runs inside the walls and floors of 80 percent of American homes. As the supply ducts blow air into the rooms, return ducts inhale airborne dust and suck it back into the blower. Add moisture to this mixture and you've got a breeding ground for allergy-inducing molds, mites and bacteria. Many filters commonly used today can't keep dust and debris from streaming into the air and over time sizable accumulations can form — think dust bunnies, but bigger.
To find out if your ducts need cleaning, pull off some supply and return registers and take a look. If a new furnace is being installed, you should probably invest in a duct cleaning at the same time, because chances are the new blower will be more powerful than the old one and will stir up a lot of dust.