Dry winter air doesn’t just make you feel uncomfortable – it can also take a toll on your indoor air quality. Germs and bacteria can travel more easily through dry air than moist air, so that’s one of the reasons why colds spread so quickly around your home in the winter. A whole-house humidifier can improve your indoor air quality and comfort levels throughout the season. Atomatic Mechanical Services, Inc. can provide whole-house humidifier installation in Schaumburg, IL. Keep reading to learn more.
What is a Whole-House Humidifier?
You may be familiar with individual room humidifiers. They are small devices that add moisture to the air from a basin that is filled with water. However, these humidifiers need frequent refilling and can only service one specific area at a time. A whole-house humidifier is attached to your home’s HVAC system. A water line is run to the humidifier which adds moisture to the air. The moist air spreads around your home, making every room much more comfortable in the winter.
With a whole-house humidifier, you don’t need to worry about refilling basins or needing multiple units to cover different rooms. One unit takes care of the entire house.
Benefits of a Whole-House Humidifier
While it may seem like a luxury, once you have a whole-house humidifier you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Some of the benefits you’ll notice right away are:
Fewer Static Shocks
Dry air makes it harder for electrons to move around, which makes it easier for you to be hit with a bolt of static electricity. Once you have a whole house humidifier installed, you’ll notice significantly fewer static shocks.
Healthier Skin and Air
Dry air causes chapped lips and cracked skin. When there is more moisture in the air, your skin will be less itchy and flaky, and your hair won’t be as dry and brittle.
Less Sinus Agitation
Dry air agitates the sinuses and throat which leads to symptoms like snoring, dry eyes, nose bleeds, frequent coughing and sneezing. With moist air, your sinuses will be able to find relief which can make you more comfortable during the day and help you sleep easier at night.
Savings on Heating Bills
When your indoor air has more moisture, it will feel warmer than it actually is. This may prompt you to turn down the temperature on your thermostat which can help you save money on heating bills.
How Much Maintenance Does a Whole-House Humidifier Require?
Whole-house humidifiers require very little maintenance. You don’t want to have your humidifier running all year because this could make your home more humid in the summer. Most thermostats have a humidistat that can tell you the humidity level in your home. Ideally, you want to keep the humidity level between 30 to 50 percent. When it rises above that level, simply turn the humidifier off.
When you have your annual furnace maintenance appointment in the fall, your HVAC technician will be able to inspect your humidifier to make sure it’s working properly. Occasionally, they may need the water panel changed or the reservoir cleaned, depending on the model of humidifier you have installed. But for the most part, you can expect your humidifier to provide comfort to your home for years to come.
Improve Your Home’s Comfort with a Whole House Humidifier – Make an Appointment with Atomatic Today
If you’re looking to improve the comfort of your Schaumburg, IL home this winter, talk to the team at Atomatic today. We’ll be happy to assess your home’s indoor air quality, including humidity levels, to find the best solution for you. Schedule an appointment with us today.