With the dry, cold winter looming, the time to add a humidifier to your home’s heating and air conditioning system has definitely arrived.
You already know how uncomfortable the dry indoor air can be when temperatures plummet. But did you know that this dryness can have a negative effect on your health as well as your home?
A humidifier can improve your quality of life and protect your home.
The Heat Is On
As human beings, we emit heat in a few different ways.
Commonly, we lose body heat by sweating, which works by wicking moisture away through the air, providing a natural way of cooling the body. But while that’s a great trick in the summer, it’s not so comfortable during the cold months. When the air is dry, it depletes any available moisture from your skin, leaving you cold and miserable.
When you add humidity to your environment, the air will take less moisture from your skin. Your body will have an easier time holding on to heat, so your home or business will feel warmer without you having to turn up the thermostat.
As a result, you use less heat and less energy, which translates to decreased utility bills as well greater comfort.
Healthy Noses for a Healthy Family
As you breathe dry air in and out through your nose, day and night, your nasal passages become dry in no time. This causes them to become irritated and tender, which increases your chances of developing infections like the flu or the common cold. It also makes you more prone to nosebleeds.
When you keep the air in your home or business moist, not only will your nose feel better, but you’ll be more resistant to the typical winter colds and flu.
The Damage Dry Air Causes
We all know that an overly damp environment encourages mold and mildew growth and can spur paint to peel. What you may not realize is that an overly dry environment can wreak havoc on your home or business as well.
Varnish and paint can flake or peel, and fabrics wear out more quickly. Wood surfaces can dry out and crack, and even wooden window or door frames can shrink. Year after year of exposure to the dry winter environment can damage your furniture, paintings and fabrics.
Fortunately, you have the option of adding a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC system. If you’ve ever struggled with a portable humidifier (or put bowls of water on your floor vents), you can imagine how pleasant it would be to enjoy the convenience of an integrated system.
At GNL Heating and Air, serving Provo and Utah County, we take indoor air quality seriously. This winter, say goodbye to that dry cough and scratchy throat. Contact us today to learn more about our air filtration and ultraviolet purification systems, or to add a humidifier to your home.