How Can a Humidifier Increase Indoor Comfort in Your Colorado Home?
Colorado winters are typically dry and cold, which means the inside of your Fort Collins home can get pretty uncomfortable. Running a furnace or heat pump to warm up your home can make air less humid, leading to dry skin, static shock, respiratory problems and irritated nasal passages.
Dry air can also damage indoor plants, wood furniture, wood floors, wallpaper and paint. In order to keep your home’s humidity level in the ideal range of 35 to 50 percent, consider having a whole-house humidifier installed.
How Whole-House Humidifiers Work
Whole-house humidifiers are units that are placed inside residential HVAC systems. They increase the moisture levels in the air that passes through the heating system, which helps raise the humidity level in all parts of your home. Some whole-house humidifiers have automatic controls that can adjust the amount of humidity in different areas of the home based on how much or how little moisture each area needs.
Advantages of Whole-House Humidifiers
While you could use portable humidifiers to improve your home’s indoor comfort, whole-house humidifiers provide some important advantages, including:
- They’re easier to use. You have to refill portable humidifiers every day or so, but you never have to do this with whole-house humidifiers. This type of humidifier gets the moisture it needs from your home’s plumbing system, so it fills up automatically.
- They require less maintenance. A portable humidifier has to be cleaned often so that bacteria and mold won’t grow inside it and cause health issues. Whole-house humidifiers only have to be maintained when you’re done using them for the season. This maintenance involves getting rid of mineral buildup and changing the pad.
- They’re more efficient. Portable humidifiers are only able to increase the humidity level in one room or one part of a room, while whole-house humidifiers can adjust humidity levels throughout the home.
To learn more about whole-house humidifiers and see if one is right for your home, please contact Balance Point Heating & Air Conditioning. Our HVAC experts have been assisting homeowners in the Fort Collins area for 15 years.