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Why Should I Install A Whole-House Humidifier?

home humidifier massachusettsIt’s a reality we all have to deal with here in Massachusetts: cold air is dry, and that dry air gets into your home and causes problems.

As a homeowner, that leaves you with two choices: you can either live with dry air and its consequences or do something to raise indoor humidity to healthier levels. We highly recommend the latter – and the best way to do that is to invest in a whole-house humidifier.

Compact and connected directly to your HVAC system, a whole-house humidifier unit adds water vapor to the air that circulates through your ductwork. You can adjust how much water vapor is added by setting humidity levels on your thermostat, just as you do with the temperature.

What Is The Best Humidity Level?

Optimum humidity levels, according to the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), are:

  • Comfortable: 30 – 60 percent
  • Ideal: 45 – 55 percent
  • High: 55 – 80 percent

The Benefits Of Properly Humidified Air

Properly humidified air inside your home will protect your:

  • Health – Over-dry air makes you more prone to respiratory issues. It also makes you more vulnerable to infection, since it dries out mucous membranes – your body’s first line of defense against germs. Many viruses thrive in low-humidity environments, too.
  • Comfort– Over-dry air can worsen allergies and asthma symptoms and lead to dry noses, sore throats, and cracked skin. It can also make sleep difficult.
  • Property – Over-dry air can damage wood floors, furniture, and artwork. It can also worsen static electricity, which can damage delicate electronics.
  • Wallet – Properly humidified air feels warmer (think of a humid summer day) –which means you can drop your thermostat by a few degrees without sacrificing comfort. Lower temps mean lower bills.

Don’t suffer needlessly with COMPLETELY over-dry air– invest in a whole-house humidifier from Needham Oil Complete Heating & Cooling. Contact us today for a FREE Estimate on whole house humidifier installation in MA!