Most homeowners in Woodbridge, Virginia, understand the benefits of dehumidifiers, from preventing mold and mildew to making your home feel a bit cooler in the summer. However, winter conditions present different concerns, and you might even find that your indoor humidity level is too low. During cold months when your furnace seems to be running nonstop, a humidifier becomes one of the best investments you can make.
Humid Air Feels Warmer
Dry air feels cooler, and that’s essential during hot summers. During winter, however, you crave warmth. A humidifier can help your home feel warmer so that you won’t have to change your thermostat’s settings. You may even be able to turn the temperature down a few degrees and still feel comfortable. Doing so will save you money on your heating bill. There are whole-home versions that work with your HVAC system. You can use this as a selling point for potential buyers as a whole-home humidifier adds value to your home.
Wood Needs Humidity
Many items in your home, like kitchen cabinets, your entertainment center, baseboards, crown molding, flooring, and doors, are made out of wood. These and other porous surfaces can be damaged by dry air which causes cracking and splitting over time. To preserve them, you need to maintain a consistent level of humidity, which you can achieve with a whole-home humidifier during the cold months.
You Will Feel Better
Indoor air quality affects everyone but is especially important for those with asthma, allergies, or other respiratory conditions. When the air in your home is too dry, it can irritate your skin and respiratory system. Humid air, on the other hand, relieves these symptoms and even offers some protection against contagious illnesses such as the common cold or flu viruses.
If you’re ready to improve your indoor air quality and breathe easier this winter, give Brennan’s Heating and Air Conditioning a call at 703-783-0145. We would love to answer any questions you have about indoor humidity and help you find the best solution for your home.
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