Are Humidifiers Worth It?
Another cold winter is underway. After the excitement of the first snow and the merry feeling of a holiday “Winter Wonderland” wanes, you’re stuck with the reality of another three months of constantly running your home heating system. And although you’re thankful for a warm retreat from plunging winter temperatures, you’re not happy to have chapped lips, dry skin, and painful shocks from static electricity due to extremely dry air in your home.
If low humidity is a problem in your home, a whole-home humidifier may be the answer you’re looking for. But, is it worth it? In most cases, it definitely is. After having a certified technician seal any air leaks and insulate ductwork that can provide a breeding ground for harmful mold, a whole-home humidifier can be a welcome solution to overly dry air all year round.
How Does a Whole-Home Humidifier Work?
A whole-home humidifier works in conjunction with your current HVAC system to add moisture to the air. The unit utilizes a distribution tray to introduce water vapor into your home through your ductwork. The humidifier filters away harmful contaminants and is equipped with monitors that let you control the humidity level with your thermostat. These units are much more efficient than individual room humidifiers that you have to refill manually and thoroughly clean the filters to keep them working safely.
What Are the Benefits of a Whole-Home Humidifier?
Proper humidity levels do more than improve dry skin. Here are four benefits you’ll enjoy after installing a whole-home humidifier in your Dalton home.
- Save on Energy Costs – The EPA estimates that when you lower the temperature in your home by one degree in the winter, you’ll save four percent on energy costs. Air that is more humid feels warmer than dry air even when it’s the same temperature, so you can turn the thermostat down and still feel comfortably warm.
- Safeguard Your Belongings – Low humidity can crack wood furniture and floors and warp walls and doors. High humidity can damage electronics. A whole-home humidifier will keep your home at the perfect humidity level year round to eliminate these problems.
- Improve Your Health – Low humidity dries out nasal passages, leaving you more prone to upper respiratory infections, colds, and the flu. Asthma and allergy sufferers are at increased risk of attacks when the air is too dry. Maintaining a healthy humidity level year round will decrease these health risks.
- Feel More Comfortable – When your home maintains the perfect humidity level, you can reduce the need for balms, lotions, creams, and other remedies you normally use to improve dry, itchy, and flaky skin.
Choose Shanklin to Install Your Whole-Home Humidifier in Dalton, Massillon & Hudson, OH
Don’t spend another uncomfortable winter in your overly dry home in Dalton, Massillon, Hudson, or the surrounding area in Ohio. At Shanklin Heating & Air Conditioning, we offer whole-home humidifiers from Aprilaire, the top manufacturer of humidifiers in the U.S. We’ll send an expert technician to install the unit in your ductwork and instruct you on how to use it to deliver optimal comfort to your home. Contact us today to learn more.