As the days start to get colder, you’re going to start relying on your heating system more and more often to keep you comfortable. Along with that added usage will come a number of side effects, some of which are no big deal and some of which can damage your health. Let’s take a look at the problem of low humidity, and why you should install a humidifier this heating season.
Humidity is often vilified for making things less comfortable and promoting mold growth. While it’s true that high humidity can be a problem, low humidity is just as bad. Chronically dry air will sap the moisture from everything, including your skin and the membranes in your nose. This will cause them to dry out and crack, making it much easier for you to be infected by various germs and mold spores. Low humidity also dries out wood and other materials around your home, making your furniture and even the walls themselves more brittle and prone to damage.
So, why is this such a big deal when it’s not all that dry outside? Because as you use your heating system more and more often, you’re actually sapping the moisture from the air in your home. All that dry air will bring about the effects listed above, especially in the middle of winter when you’re relying on the system for most of the day. This is why it’s so important to have a humidifier.
A humidifier will reintroduce humidity to your home’s air, either through misting or steam vaporization. Using a whole-house humidifier throughout the winter will ensure that you can still use your heating system, without incurring any of the negative consequences in terms of humidity. Talk to a professional about which humidifier type would be best for your needs.
Tuckers Air Conditioning, Heating & Plumbing offers humidifier installation services throughout Rockville, MD. Call today to schedule an appointment with one of our experts.