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Benefits of Whole-Home Humidifiers

While the summers in Champaign can be pretty humid, our winters are often dry – which can greatly affect the health and comfort of a household. Dry air can exacerbate respiratory problems and increase allergy symptoms for some people. It can also make the inside temperature feel cooler, so homeowners are often forced to keep their thermostats higher – wasting both energy and money. There are two main types of humidifiers available; the whole-house and the portable room unit. A whole-house system is permanently installed in your central air system while the portable units can be moved anywhere in the home (and work in one room at a time).

Home & Health Benefits of Humidifiers

For those who suffer from allergies or respiratory problems throughout the winter season, it’s a good idea to consider a whole-home humidifier. While portable units are fine for apartments or homes with rooms that need specific attention, a whole-house system will ensure every room will contain the perfect level of humidity. There are several compelling reasons to look into getting a system for your home and we’ve compiled the most important:

  • Dry Skin – In the winter, one of the worst problems resulting from the dry air is dry skin. Cracked lips, dry eyes, itchy, flaky skin, and nosebleeds can make people miserable. Dry skin can also affect your sleep and cause deep discomfort throughout the day. A whole-house humidifier can help skin your skin moist and hydrated through the driest winter season.
  • Colds & Allergies – The dry air can hurt your sinuses, lungs and upper respiratory system, triggering allergies and making cold and flu symptoms worse. A dry throat can lead to severe coughing, a sore throat, and trouble breathing. Returning moisture to the air can help relieve all of those problems.

How Humidity Impacts Sleep

  • Rest – The dry air can greatly affect the kind of sleep that you receive. Aside from the discomfort of itching, breathing in the dry air at night can severely compromise your rest. The dry air in your lungs at night promotes coughing and an itchy throat. People snore more in dry air, the result of a dry respiratory system. Keeping a room properly humidified will promote a healthier.
  • Home Interior – Dry air can hurt the interior of your home; literally pulling the moisture out of the air. Hardwood floors, wood accents, wood furniture, and even a home’s wood foundation can crack and warp. Wood doors can begin to show gaps or suddenly no longer fit their frames. Even electronics and appliances can get damaged from extreme dryness.

Dry Air Can Cause Damage to Woodwork, Furniture

  • Temperature – One of the most important pluses to owning a whole-house humidifier is saving energy. Air that is at the correct humidity level feels warmer than air that is too dry. A homeowner can keep their thermostat turned up several degrees in the winter and remain comfortable.

The best time to buy a whole-home humidifier is when you don’t need one. In the heat (and humidity) of summer, it might be hard to even consider making the decision, but it’s one you won’t regret. A whole-home humidifier will keep your family healthy, comfortable and save you money on your electricity bills. So if you have experienced the detrimental effects of dry air then you owe it to yourself to explore the solutions.

Call Cassel today at (217) 866-1596 and we’ll send out a technician for an assessment.