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Air Quality For your Home

 

With an HVAC system, you will want to make sure that you have it inspected on a regular basis. This will help to ensure it is properly maintained and working efficiently. If there is ever an issue that you notice, you will want to make sure that you call us. Ignoring the issue can lead to further problems and damage in the long run. It will also increase the chance of having a costly repair bill when it is fixed. So make sure that you notice an issue and take necessary measures to have it inspected.

 

The home can benefit from several different tasks that you can perform. You should make sure to have the carbon monoxide tested in your home. This can be a harmful and deadly gas if you are not aware of it. Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, and you will not be able to detect it alone. A carbon monoxide detector will alert you for when it is in your home, and has become dangerous for you and your family. If you are not sure what detector is right for your home, we can advise you on the different options.

 

Your home should also be at the right humidity level. Homes with too much humidity may notice that wood will warp and that there is more moisture in the air. If the home does not have enough humidity, then wood and furniture may start cracking and become damaged with time. If you are not sure if the home is at the right humidity, give us a call. We can come and inspect the home HVAC system, and advise you to what should be done to correct any poor air quality.

Why a Humidifier is Important

In the winter you may suffer from dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips, or static. Humidifiers can help soothe these familiar problems caused by dry indoor air. Humidifiers can also help ease symptoms of a cold or another respiratory condition. If you use humidifiers, be sure to monitor humidity levels and keep your humidifier clean. Dirty humidifiers can breed mold or bacteria. If you have allergies or asthma, talk to your doctor before using a humidifier. Also make sure to contact us so we can advise you on the correct humidifier you may need for your home.

 

 

Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapor or steam to increase moisture levels in the air, producing humidity. Central humidifiers are built into home heating and air conditioning systems and are designed to humidify the whole house. Ultrasonic humidifiers produce a cool mist with ultrasonic vibration. Evaporators use a fan to blow air through a wet wick, filter or belt. Steam vaporizers use electricity to create steam that cools before leaving the machine. Avoid this type of humidifier if you have children; hot water inside this type of humidifier may cause burns if spilled.

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. The amount of humidity varies depending on the season. Generally, humidity levels are higher in the summer and lower during winter months. Ideally, humidity in your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. Humidity that’s too low or too high can cause problems. Low humidity can cause dry skin, irritate your nasal passages and throat, and make your eyes itchy. High humidity can make your home feel stuffy and can cause condensation on walls, floors and other surfaces that triggers the growth of harmful bacteria, dust mites and molds. These allergens can cause respiratory problems and trigger allergy and asthma flare-ups.

The best way to test humidity levels in your house is with a hygrometer. This device, which looks like a thermometer, measures the amount of moisture in the air. Hygrometers can be purchased at hardware stores and department stores. When buying a humidifier, consider purchasing one with a built-in hygrometer (humidistat) that maintains humidity within a healthy range. You can also contact us and we can inspect your home, air quality, and furnace for you. We can also recommend a humidifier that would be beneficial for you and your home.

 

Find the Right Humidifier for your Home

 

Keeping the home warm and comfortable during the winter is important. With the furnace running constantly, there may be the chance of dry skin, scratchy throats, and excessive static electricity. Humidifying your home will provide proper moisture levels and help alleviate these problems and, potentially, save you money on your heating costs.

Bypass Humidifiers

Bypass humidifiers are professionally installed and simply use the blower motor of your furnace to drive moisture vapor into your home’s ductwork. You control the exact level of humidity you want by setting your humidistat. A whole-home system is easiest done when replacing a furnace, but can be fitted to your existing system as well by us. Make sure to contact us and we can recommend what type would be beneficial for you.

Fan-Powered

These fan powered humidifiers are engineered to quietly blow moisture directly into your ductwork. This spread the comfortable humidity throughout your home when the seasons have turned dry. Maintenance is simple and you can also set the humidity level that is most comfortable for your family.

Humidifiers with Steam Output

This type of humidifier is often the best choice for larger homes or when you want more precise control over humidity. Typically, steam humidifiers have a greater water vapor output in comparison to the fan-powered and bypass humidifiers. All of these humidifiers work to add moisture to the rooms and make your home more comfortable. The cool mist humidifier tends to be the most effective in adding moisture to the air, and does so without the risk of producing very hot water and steam, so there is no risk of being scalded or hurt. When shopping for a humidifier, consider what unit will meet the needs of your family and home. Some models consume more energy than others and some models require frequent filter changes.

Too much Humidity is a Bad Thing

Besides a home without humidity, having one with too much humidity can also be an issue. Some signs that humidity levels are too high can include persistent window fogging. It will also present signs of moisture on surfaces or walls, and even mold. If any of these signs exist, your humidity levels may be too high. Make sure to reduce the output on your humidifier. Counteract the dry air that comes with winter by properly humidifying your home. This will help you and your family to enjoy a more comfortable living space. It will also decrease the amount of times you become sick because the air will be healthier to breath in. Depending on the type of humidifier you purchase, you could also potentially lower the monthly energy bills. If you are not sure what type of humidifier would be right for your home or lifestyle, make sure to contact us. We can advise you on the choices and recommend one that would improve the air quality in your home.

How Humidifiers can Benefit your Home

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Typically you will spend a majority of time in your home. It is important to keep it as warm and comfortable as possible. If you notice the home is dry and uncomfortable, you may need to invest in a humidifier. You can purchase a room humidifier that helps to handle the dry air in a single part of your home or room. You can also choose to invest in a whole home humidifier system, which will affect the entire home. If you are unsure which humidifier to get, we can help to advise you on your options. We can also explain the choices you have, and what we recommend would be best for your home.

 

You may notice you have dry air in your home by some signs. One of the most obvious signs that the air is too dry in your home is if you have static electricity. Static electricity is a stationary electrical charge that is the result of low humidity environments. If the static electricity is bad enough, it could even damage electronic equipment. You may also start to notice other signs that you would need a humidifier. These could include allergy or asthma symptoms that have become worse, dry skin, or dry coughs. The dry air may also cause the woodwork in your home to separate at the seams. If one room or section of the home has the issue, a room humidifier can help. If the static issue were around the home equally, a whole home humidifier would be the best solution.

 

Another issue could be if you start to experience some health issues. If the dry air is a problem, you can help to solve it with a room humidifier. Signs could be that of dry skin or dry hair. Eyes can become dry and itchy, along with chapped lips and a scratchy throat. It can also cause irritation in the nasal passages. Having dry air can aggravate allergies you might have. Dry air can also increase the chance of nosebleeds.

 

Dry air can be an issue for your home as well. The dry air can kill houseplants if they are under the constant stress of it. If the plants seem to be dying no matter how you water them, it could be caused from the dry air. The dry air can also damage any wood floors or furniture. It can cause them to wear out faster than they typically should. Having a humidifier can help prolong the life of the wood products in your home. Make sure to contact us so we can advise you on the best type of humidifier for your home.

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