Lack of humidity in a home can be the cause of numerous respiratory ailments. Improper moisture levels can cause dryness in the membranes of the nose, throat and bronchial tubes. Respiratory infections, repeated attacks of winter colds and airborne infections can also stem from inadequate humidity.
How a humidifier helps
Fortunately, there’s an easy way to your home environment healthy and comfortable. All you have to do is install a whole-house humidifier, which puts moisture into the air, making harsh, dry air easier to breathe. Water mist instead of hot steam is used, keeping the entire house at the desired humidity level.
A humidifier uses from 1.5 to 12 gallons of water per day—just enough to raise the humidity to the desired level, but not enough to make a difference on the water bill. And because a humidifier is installed in the ductwork, there is no need to carry one from room to room.
How to select a humidifier
There are many factors to take into consideration when selecting a humidifier, starting with size. A humidifier’s capacity, the amount of moisture it can dispense, should match a household’s needs. The capacity is measured in gallons per day of operation.
In terms of cost, consider the purchase price of the unit, as well as operating and maintenance costs. Some models consume more energy than others, so choosing a model that is right for your home and budget is extremely important.
Also, regular maintenance is necessary to keep your humidifier in top working condition. Installing a humidifier is simple when also replacing a furnace. But a humidifier can also be fitted to a current system with minimal labor since it is installed in the ductwork.
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