Some families leave space for a humidifier in every room. Sometime in November they bring the humidifier squad out of storage and leave one humidifier on the bedside table in each bedroom, filling and turning them on every night.
The humidifiers in other rooms of the house eat up valuable shelf space and ruin the comfortable aesthetic you enjoy. But without them, your family is plagued by nosebleeds, cracked skin, dry coughs and other winter nonsense.
From here, is it difficult to see the benefits of a whole house humidifier? Vs. a portable unit the choice is easy.
Read on to see why a whole house humidifier is the only way to go.
Humid air, not damp.
There’s a reason the desert is short on life and the rainforest is crawling with it. Humidity is more conducive to life.
Plants in humid environments scrub the air more efficiently and display better overall health. This is as true for the plants in your home as it is for the giant Douglas fir trees on the west coast of Canada.
The plants help filter contaminants out of the air at home, keeping your family healthy. Humidity in the air also helps with that.
Dry air makes your body more vulnerable to cold and flu viruses. Studies show a direct relationship between high humidity and low flu infections.
We also sleep better in moderately humid environments. The humidity helps keep your nasal passages clear and lubricated. It also helps take care of your sinuses. Humidity reduces the possibility of infection by keeping our mucous membranes moist and allowing the hairs in the sinus to trap and expel things that aren’t supposed to be there.
Humidity also keeps your skin from cracking (well, it contributes to softer skin. You probably still have to use a moisturizer in the winter).
Saving money is good, too!
One of the most compelling benefits of a whole house humidifier is the reduction of heating bills.
Humid air carries heat differently and feels warmer than dry air at the exact same temperature. A good humidifier, one which fits with the size of your house, will allow you to run the furnace at a lower temperature all winter.
For every degree you heat your house, add about 4% to your energy bill. For every degree you take away from your current thermostat setting, your bill reduces by 4%. That can account for a few hundred dollars in savings across the winter.
Need help choosing your new humidifier?
A whole house humidifier will keep the humidity even across your entire house.
It requires less maintenance and less daily work than your current solution (if you move around a bunch of smaller units). You can even sign up for a maintenance plan so we take care of it and you can rest easy knowing your family, home and wallet are in good hands.