A whole home humidifier might seem like a bit of an investment, but they can significantly improve your home’s air quality, especially in the winter. Could the amount of moisture in your air really be impacting your health and comfort so much? For many people, a whole home humidifier is a significant change. Our winter humidity levels are low, and that can have an impact on many people’s health and even on their utility bills, in an interesting way. Here are some reasons that the investment might be worth it for you and your family too.
Humidity levels drop in Canada over the winter. Cool air holds less humidity, so when cold fronts roll in, humidity leaves with the departing warm air. In other climates that have longer summers or less dramatically cold winters, this isn’t as much of a problem. But in Ontario, we may have to deal with an average winter humidity of less than 20 percent. That’s much lower than our ideal, comfortable humidity, between 30 to 40 percent.
Low humidity is the reason behind winter woes like static-filled hair and clothing, dry skin and eyes, and uncomfortable breathing (especially for those people with lung issues like asthma.)
Low humidity can bring in much more than inconveniences for those with skin problems. Eczema, psoriasis, and other conditions can be made much worse with low humidity. Low humidity also might make certain dry eye conditions worse. Restoring your home to proper humidity levels can help with specific health conditions, and make everyone’s skin, hair, and fabrics more comfortable.
As a side benefit, restoring your home to a good humidity range will also protect houseplants from drying out. It might also benefit your pets!
If your home has higher humidity levels it will feel warmer, even if you haven’t changed the thermostat settings. This comes with an interesting benefit. When you feel warmer, you may be able to turn the thermostat down a degree or so. This can add up to some nice energy savings, reducing your utility bill.
Humidifiers are notoriously reliable, but still fail on occasion. Failure is almost always traced back to repeatedly overlooking routine maintenance.
If your home has higher humidity levels it will feel warmer, even if you haven’t changed the thermostat settings. This comes with an interesting benefit. When you feel warmer, you may be able to turn the thermostat down a degree or so. This can add up to some nice energy savings, reducing your utility bill.Request Maintenance