Whole home humidification is important for comfort, allowing you to breathe easier, and for the care of wood surfaces and furnishings. When the air inside a home is kept at less than 40% humidity, residents will experience more shocks from static electricity, sore throats, dry skin and sinus trouble. It can also lead to cracking of hardwood flooring, drying out of caulked molding joints, and damage to musical instruments. All of these problems can be expensive to repair, and it is unlikely that insurance will cover the costs.
There are many types of humidifiers and dehumidifiers available to monitor and maintain the desired level of 40-60% in a home. For smaller homes , you can buy a stand alone unit that plugs into an outlet and produces steam. The steam cools quickly and mixes with the dry air to moisturize it. These units require someone to watch them, keep them filled with water, and turn them on and off as needed. If you don’t watch over them, the water reservoir can run dry and damage the unit.
A better solution, for both smaller and larger homes, is to install a central whole-home humidifier. These units attach to your existing duct work and add moisture into the air as it is being blown through the ducts and out to the various rooms. Some of these are also fan-powered, making them even more effective.
We sell Bryant® brand humidifiers which are available in multiple sizes and for multiple types of systems – furnaces or heat pumps. They provide added value to your home, allow your family to breathe easier, protect your wooden items from the effects of excessive dryness, and give you peace of mind because the humidity level is automatically controlled all the time.
These units are nearly silent, and you won’t know they are working, except for the improved comfort you feel. Give us a call today, and we’ll show you the optional choices we have to match your HVAC system.