Virus ReductionWinter is prime cold and flu season because the viruses that cause these ailments love dry air. Because the human body is weakened in these sorts of conditions, the germs also have a better chance of infecting us. A reasonable humidity level cuts down on infections by making the environment less friendly to them and friendlier to us.
Comfort LevelItchy skin, scratchy throats, dry noses and static shocks are all a part of they dry environment winter brings. However, the moisture level in the air can also bring on asthma attacks and aggravate allergies.
Wooden flooring, artwork, musical instruments, plaster and paint all suffer from overly dry conditions. Keeping an even level of humidity throughout the year will lengthen the life of your home and possessions.
Energy SavingsThe EPA reports that for every degree you lower your thermostat, you save 4% on your energy bill. When the air is too dry, you won’t necessarily feel warm enough at the same temperature as you would if there was enough moisture in the air. Better yet, installing a whole home humidifier may qualify you for the Green-Built Certification Program run by the National Association of Home Builders. These humidifiers are available for all types of heating systems and can be easily installed in existing structures. Although there’s nothing you can do about the weather, you can still easily control the environment in your home.