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humidifiersMany may think humidifiers simply help to relieve discomfort associated with the dry winter air, such as dry nose, itchy eyes, dry skin, sore throat and static electricity. While home humidification does work very well to alleviate these nuisances, it also does much more for health, home and energy bills. The following are some of the benefits of investing in whole-home humidifiers for your Fairfax area home.

Energy Savings

Have you ever wondered why a home can feel nippy even though the heated temperature should be adequate? Dry air feels cooler than optimally humidified air. This is due to the fact that dry air removes moisture from the skin more quickly, which is how bodies cool down. Maintaining optimal humidity levels will help you to feel warmer and more comfortable. 

Using a humidifier will allow you to increase the thermostat setting a few degrees and still feel comfortable, in addition to saving on heating costs. Some furnace types can decrease indoor humidity. In such cases, using the furnace less, has a positive impact on maintaining ideal home humidity levels too.

Health Benefits

Dry indoor air provides the ideal conditions for viruses to proliferate. By humidifying your entire home with a protective blanket of moisture, whole-home humidification helps to protect occupants from contagious illnesses. Humidification also helps relieve many respiratory ailments, such as asthma and allergies.

Good for the Home

Dry air degrades the quality of porous building structures, furnishings and possessions. Dry indoor air can slit and crack wood flooring, dry out cabinetry, musical instruments, photographs and more. When the cooling months arrive and humidity rises above ideal conditions, these same porous objects absorb moisture and swell. This fluctuation causes more harm. Maintaining ideal indoor humidity during the heating months helps to alleviate these issues.

Whole-home humidifiers are attached to the ductwork by your HVAC professional. Contact Brennan’s Heating & Air at (703) 763-0399 for more information about installing humidifiers and how they work. We look forward to providing solutions to your home comfort concerns.