Dry air in your home can make your throat and skin feel dry and scratchy, cause or aggravate respiratory problems, dry out nasal passages and make you more susceptible to colds or the flu. Although winter weather is often blamed for these problems, another major cause is dry air produced by artificial heating. Humidifying your home to provide proper moisture levels will help alleviate these symptoms.

Financial Benefits of Humidifying Your Home

Controlling humidity can also help you save money on energy bills. The heat our bodies feel is a combination of temperature and humidity. In other words, the more humid the air, the warmer you feel. If you add humidity to dry, heated air in the winter, you can set your thermostat lower and still be comfortable.

Adding a Whole-House Humidifier to Your Heating Unit

Whole-house humidifiers are installed in the ductwork, next to your furnace. They add humidity to your entire home. Most have humidistat’s, allowing you to set the exact level of humidity you want. Installing a humidifier is an easy job if you’re replacing your furnace, but you can also have a humidifier fitted to your current system.

Most whole-house humidifiers operate on the basis of a simple concept. Air heated by your furnace or heat pump passes through a ceramic-coated pad in the humidifier, called an evaporator pad. The evaporator pad is saturated with water. The air absorbs moisture from the pad and adds humidity throughout the home as it circulates. Depending on the model you choose and the size of your home, a humidifier will use from 1.5 to 12 gallons per day when the furnace is operating. This small amount of water is enough to raise the humidity to your desired level, but not enough for you to notice a difference on your water bill.

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