Dry winter air is caused by the fact that colder air can’t hold as much moisture as warmer air. By adding a whole-house humidifier to your furnace, you can add an adequate amount of moisture to the air. Here’s a look at a few benefits of whole-house humidifiers:
- Static electricity relief: One of the biggest problems caused by dry winter air is static electricity buildup. Even in small amounts, static electricity is annoying. It charges your clothing, carpet and hair with even the slightest movement. Then, when you innocently reach out for a doorknob, a light switch, or your loved one’s shoulder you could be in for a nasty shock. Static buildup can also harm electrical equipment. Since your body can hold a charge of up to 20,000 volts, just the touch of your finger could affect a computer. By keeping relative humidity at 35 to 55 percent, you reduce static electricity charge and reduce the risk of shocking yourself, your computer, or your loved ones.
- Protect wood objects: From hardwood floors to musical instruments, all wood is affected by the amount of moisture in the air. Too much moisture can lead to rot, but too little moisture leads to cracking and warping. Pianos, guitars and other stringed instruments are also difficult to keep in tune when the air is dry. Help protect your investments by using a whole-house humidifier.
- Support good health: Everyone is prone to illness in the winter because viruses and bacteria thrive in both highly humid and very dry environments. The solution to getting over your cold faster is to keep the home between 35 and 55 percent relative humidity. In this range, skin allergies and respiratory infections are less likely to occur.
To learn more about the benefits of a whole-house humidifier, contact us at Smoky Mountain Heating & Air today.
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