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Combine Heaters and Humidifiers During Winter

Combine Heaters and Humidifiers During Winter

When the cold winds blow and the snow starts to fall, home is where we want to find a cozy refuge from the harsh winter outside. Creating that cozy haven can backfire, however, when the warming the air inside creates dry, uncomfortable conditions.

The colder the air, the lower the ability to hold onto moisture. Your HVAC system might warm the air inside your home, but it alone cannot put the right moisture back into the air. For that reason, the heater alone is not enough to create a comfortable environment.

Your Humidifier to the Rescue

The answer to dry inside air is a humidifier, a device created to put water vapor back into the air. Humidifiers come in different sizes and types:

  • Warm mist humidifiers heat water to the boiling point. The moist air is then released into the home environment.
  • Evaporative humidifiers pass air through a saturated wick and then disperse the moistened air through the air in the room.
  • Ultrasonic humidifiers create moisture by vibrating a metal diaphragm which then emit moisture into the air.

Regardless of the type of unit you choose, the use of a humidifier along with the heater will create the correct balance of warm, moist air inside your home. Consult your HVAC professional for advice on the best type to work with your HVAC system.

Moist Air is More Than a Matter of Comfort

Dry air causes more than just discomfort. When the air gets too dry it can cause medical concerns and property damage.

In terms of your health, dry air can increase asthma symptoms and sinus irritation. Dry air can also irritate your eyes, nasal passages, and your throat. When The air is dry, skin conditions like eczema worsen.

Your property can be affected as well. Dry air removes necessary moisture from wood products like floors and furniture. Hardwood floors and wood furniture can become dry and brittle. Other household products like artwork, musical instruments, and house plants can also suffer damage in the dry air.

Dry Air and Energy Costs

While comfort is subjective, common wisdom holds that moist air tends to feel warmer than dry air. Throughout the colder months this may translate to bumping up the thermostat if the air is too dry. If you use other heat sources such as electrical space heaters or electric fireplaces the effect may increase.

Putting moisture back in the air can cause your home to feel more comfortable at a lower temperature, which could mean lower energy bills each month.

Ask an HVAC professional at Master Mechanical for more information about how a humidifier can work with your HVAC system to make you warm and comfortable throughout the cold winter months. Contact us today!

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