Even if the air in your area isn’t generally dry, this doesn’t mean a humidifier won’t benefit your home. Having a humidifier is especially effective during the winter months, when indoor humidity can drop low enough to cause issues. Installed by a locally-trusted HVAC contractor, it also improves the overall air quality in your home, allowing you to stay comfortable.
Why Some Homes Have Humidifiers
Some physicians may recommend a humidifier for improved breathability, as a remedy for dry skin or to aid with some other medical problem. If this is the case, you may first want to inquire about what type is recommended for your home.
Buying a humidifier based simply on how you feel or what you see isn’t always ideal, as some won’t be able to keep up with your home’s requirements. As such, they may end up making your interior too dry, and could even lead to certain health problems. Not choosing the right humidifier can also damage furniture and even the wood on musical stringed instruments.
Using a hygrometer is the best way to measure humidity levels. You can also learn the signs that your home may need more moisture, but it’s usually best to consult a trusted AC repairman to help you decide which one can meet your preferences when it comes to convenience, maintenance and price.
Size Makes All the Difference
Keep in mind that every humidifier is designed for a certain coverage area in square footage. Use this as a guide and measure your own area to determine which type of humidifier will best work with that area. This method is much better than choosing one based on its capacity. When buying a whole-home humidifier, keep in mind that though they’re designed to cover a large area, how well the moisture is discharged really depends on your home’s layout.
The Benefits a Humidifier Has to Offer
Less static – It’s harder for electrons to discharge in dry air, which leads to an imbalance of electrons on the metal objects in your home. This causes the electrons to discharge against your skin and cause a static shock if you touch them.
Better comfort and efficiency – As dry air pulls moisture from your skin, it creates an evaporative cooling effect. The effect is multiplied if you have air leaks around your home or an older heating system. If this effect makes you feel just two degrees colder, you’re likely to turn up the heat to get comfortable, which in turn means increased energy consumption. A humidifier can help improve indoor air quality by adding enough moisture to prevent this cooling effect and therefore save energy.
Easier home maintenance – When dry air draws moisture out of your wood flooring and furniture, it can cause cracks to form on them. A humidifier can help improve indoor air quality enough to protect your belongings from this type of damage.
When you need a professional to install a humidifier in your home, there’s only one HVAC company you should count on. Call AAA Air Conditioning, Inc. today at (361) 578-3846 or fill out our online contact form to get started!