When the winter weather hits, so can the discomfort of dry cold air. That’s because heating systems tend to dry out your home. Many homeowners can feel their sinuses acting up or their skin drying out as temperatures outside dip and often find themselves pulling out their portable humidifiers from storage, hoping for relief. A great option to combat the dry weather in your home is having a whole-house humidifier installed. A whole house humidifier connects to your existing heating system and provides adjustable humidity for your entire home. Read on to learn about the benefits of a whole house humidifier.
Why Choose A Whole House Humidifier?
A whole house humidifier can provide a number of benefits for your family and your home. We compiled a few of the reasons you may want to install a whole-house humidifier:
Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier for Your Home
If your home has hardwood floors, the humid air can help with maintaining the quality and longevity of those hardwood floors. Dry air can cause hardwood floors and other woodwork to split or warp. Furthermore, humid air from a humidifier can also help preserve your home’s fabrics and furniture. Dry air that winter brings can dry out fabrics and be very hard on hardwood floors. A whole house humidifier helps keep moisture in your home and can help prolong the longevity of your furnishings and the structure of your home.
Benefits for Your Family
A whole house humidifier can also help provide relief for your sinuses and other respiratory issues agitated by dry heat. Furthermore, dry skin often gets worse during the winter months. Maintaining humidity with a whole house humidifier can help provide relief for sinuses and itchy, dry skin. With more humid air, your sinuses and skin can see a moderate improvement.
Whole House Humidifier vs. a Portable Humidifier
Whole house humidifiers offer several advantages over portable humidifiers. First, while a smaller portable humidifier can provide relief to a dry room, it is limited in scope and can’t provide overall relief throughout your home. On the other hand, a whole house humidifier provides moisture through your duct system and therefore throughout your home. Plus, humidified air will help your home feel warmer, so you can set your heating system a few degrees lower, saving you energy.
Next, portable humidifiers require that you refill the water that is used to provide moisture. With a whole house humidifier, after it is installed, there is little maintenance required except for replacing a filter from time to time, depending on the model and size you choose.
Another benefit of a whole house humidifier versus a portable humidifier is that you have control over the amount of moisture being added into your home. When your whole-house humidifier is installed, you will be able to change the percentage of humidity and adjust throughout the season depending on your family and home’s needs.
Is a Whole House Humidifier Right for Me and My Home?
BGE HOME carries several models of humidifiers and our comfort consultants can help determine which is best, depending on the size and needs of your home. Prior to scheduling an installation, one of our Energy and Comfort Consultants will work with you to assess if a whole house humidifier is the right choice. Some things to consider are the size of your home, where your heating system is located, and if there is a water source and drain nearby.
If you’re interested in buying a whole house humidifier for your home, contact BGE HOME today. While a humidifier can’t stop the winter weather from coming, it can help make your home more comfortable and provide several benefits for you and your home.