Why You Should Have a Winter Humidifier in Your Home

While nobody needs more humidity during Indiana summers, a winter humidifier can play a definite role in enhancing comfort, efficiency, and a healthy indoor environment. Starting in November and heading into March, the average relative humidity drops to its lowest level. During that season, household humidity is also affected by gas-fired furnaces that tend to dry out indoor air even more.

When Low Humidity Is Too Low

According to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), while the optimum indoor humidity range is considered to be between 30% and 60%, in homes with a gas furnace, indoor humidity levels may drop as low as 10% during the winter. Here are some of the drawbacks you may experience when humidity inside your house is chronically low.

  • Dry skin. Dry air inside the home pulls moisture out of your skin. This can cause symptoms including itching, irritation, and the premature aging of skin.
  • Viral infections. Research has shown that airborne viruses that cause colds and flu actually thrive in conditions of low indoor humidity. When humidity levels are increased to 50%, transmission of these health threats is reduced substantially.
  • Structural damage. Wooden indoor components such as hardwood floors and other woodwork may shrink and splinter in an overly dry environment.
  • Lower comfort and higher costs. Because low humidity doesn’t hold heat effectively, a house may feel chronically chilly. Furnace thermostat settings are often pushed upward to compensate. This increases monthly heating costs as well as furnace wear and tear.

The Whole-House Solution

Single-room humidifiers are an incomplete approach to humidity control. A whole-house winter humidifier is installed directly in the HVAC ductwork of your home and automatically actuated by a humidistat located in the living spaces. Water vapor added to the central airflow is dispersed evenly throughout the house so all rooms maintain a precise, desired humidity setting.

Ask the pros at Paitson Bros. for more details about a winter humidifier for your whole house. We’ve been keeping Terre Haute homes comfortable and efficient during all seasons for a century.

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