There are few things cozier than cranking up the furnace on a cold winter’s day and settling down with a cup of hot cocoa next to the fireplace. But this increase in heat robs the air in your home of moisture. An easy solution is to add a humidifier in your home. Your HVAC contractor can improve whole-house air quality by installing a humidifier from a leading manufacturer.
Ward Off Winter Illnesses
There’s a good reason why incidences of the common cold and flu spike in the winter months, and it isn’t the cold weather. Rather, one of the risk factors for winter illnesses is the dry air inside your home caused by a running furnace. The air saps your mucous membranes of moisture, which lessens your body’s ability to ward off infections.
Ease Allergy Symptoms
Those who suffer from allergies or asthma can also benefit from using a humidifier when the furnace is on. Air that is more humid can ease respiratory symptoms. If anyone in your home has allergies or asthma, use a humidity monitor to ensure that the humidity in your home doesn’t get too high or too low. Ideally, it should be between 30 to 50 percent.
Protect Your Skin
Skin will typically become dry, itchy, and flaky after you turn up the thermostat on your furnace. This is particularly true of skin along the lips and the hands. Using a humidifier will help preserve the moisture in your skin.
When the soft palate and nose do not receive adequate moisture from the air, snoring can increase. If you or a family member tends to snore in the winter, ask your HVAC contractor about adding a humidifier.
Talk to your heating contractor about preserving the quality of your indoor air during the winter months. For more information, contact Blue Dot Services of Maryland at (410) 698-6465. Our HVAC contractors are skilled in furnace repairs and maintenance.