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3 Benefits of Whole-House Humidifiers

Humidifiers are available in a wide range of sizes. However, whole-house humidifiers are designed to control the humidity level throughout your entire house by working in conjunction with your HVAC system. Not only will whole-house humidifiers increase the comfort level of your home, but they will also provide the following benefits.

1. Improve your health

The ideal home humidity level ranges from 30 to 50 percent, according to the Mayo Clinic. Humidity levels below 30 percent can cause dried-out nasal passages, breathing problems and dry skin. It can also give you cracked lips and itchy eyes. However, whole-house humidifiers can alleviate those problems by keeping your humidity level in the ideal range. Maintaining the correct humidity level can also help asthma sufferers breathe easier, especially if they have a cold.

2. Preserve your home

If the humidity level in your home is too low, the wood in your home may suffer. Low humidity levels can cause your hardwood floors, kitchen cabinets and wooden furniture to dry out and split or crack. It can also cause your walls to become deformed and your paint and plaster to chip. Raising your humidity to the correct level will minimize those risks. The proper humidity level will also help to protect your electronic equipment.

3. Save energy and money

Low humidity levels make a room feel colder than what the thermostat is registering. Because of this, you may need to set your thermostat higher than the recommended settings because you still feel cold. When you do that, you are wasting energy and money. In fact, the U.S. Department of Energy says that you can save 1 percent on your utility bill for every degree that you lower your thermostat. The good news is that you will be able to lower your thermostat once you install a whole-house humidifier.

Bottom Line

Whole-house humidifiers will help to improve your health, preserve your home and save both energy and money. However, unless you are extremely competent at DIY projects, you will probably need to hire a plumbing, heating and cooling specialist to install the whole-house humidifier for you.

Contact Roy's Plumbing, Heating & Cooling today to learn more about whether humidifiers are right for your property: (716) 215-2678.