If you’ve been suffering from dry air and all the irritating problems that come with it, you might want to think about humidification options. A whole-house humidifier can eliminate the issues that come with dry winter air, and may even help you lower your heating bills.
Benefits Of Humidification
Dry air can be a major annoyance during winter in the Kansas City area, and it may even cause more serious problems for some people. A humidifier eliminates dry air, among many other benefits:
- Humidifiers significantly reduce static electricity, which often builds up in homes due to dry air.
- They also combat the physical symptoms of dry air, including chapped lips, dry nasal passages, itchy eyes and dry skin.
- They protect wood furniture, floors and fixtures from drying and cracking.
- A humidifier can make breathing easier for asthma sufferers.
- Humidification makes you feel warmer, which allows you to turn down your thermostat and reduce your heating costs.
Most experts agree that a relative humidity level between 35 and 55 percent is ideal, and you can maintain this level with any of several different humidifiers. A wide range of models are available today, but they can be broken down into two basic categories: portable humidifiers and whole-house systems.
- Portable humidifiers include tabletop and tower-style models. They are convenient and economical, but their major drawback is that they have a limited range. Each one can humidify a single room, so you would need several to humidify the air throughout your home.
- Whole-house humidifiers, as their name suggests, have a much wider range. A whole-house humidifier should be professionally installed, and it works with your furnace to deliver conditioned, humidified air throughout your home. Whole-house systems operate out of sight, and require very little maintenance once in place. Several different types of whole-house humidifier are available, and you should talk to an HVAC professional to help you decide which one best suits the needs of your household.
To find out more about your humidification options, contact Overland Park Heating & Cooling. We’ve been providing expert service in the Kansas City area since 1983.
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