Humidification – The process of adding moisture to the air- is one of the most important aspects of total indoor comfort, yet it it’s one of the least understood. One reason for this is that humidity is intangible. It can’t be seen, touched or smelled. It has no color, no sound. However it’s presence when properly controlled, offers many proven benefits. Humidification during the heating season not only provides comfort, it helps protect the home and it’s furnishings from the harmful effects of air that’s too dry. In addition, physicians often recommend humidity to guard against dry skin, hair, and scratchy throats. It also reduces undesirable wintertime static electricity.
Besides lowering your utility bills, humidity control is very important to your health for a couple of reasons. Mold, which thrives in high humidity, is dormant or dies when the humidity is low. Dust mites also die when the humidity stays below 50%. But remember, the dust mites in your bed rely on you for their source of humidity, so always use mattress covers, pillow covers and box spring encasings.
On the other hand, below 30% relative humidity, people can be uncomfortable and can suffer from dry mucus membranes which can lead to nosebleeds and infections. Low humidity can aggravate the symptoms of asthma and high humidity at high temperatures can sometimes lead to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
Why You Should Choose a humidifier
Van Drunen Heating and Air Conditioning provides the full range of Aprilaire humidifiers. During the heating season a whole-house humidifier is strongly recommended for a number of reasons. Proper moisture balance minimizes damage to the wood in your home from excessive dryness; humidifiers can help your family maintain good respiratory health; and dry air makes you feel colder than the actual thermostat setting. You can actually lower your heating bill too, since humidified air feels warmer.