In the cold winter months, dry air is a common discomfort. More than an annoyance, however, dry air can actually provide an environment the helps the flu virus spread from person to person. Not only that, dry air leads to dry nasal passageways, and when these get cracked and damaged, it’s easier to contract the flu elements living in the air. In order to keep your family healthy, one easy solution is the installation of the right humidifier.
Choosing the right humidifier
There are many types of humidifiers on the market today, and choosing the right one depends on your specific needs. In small houses or apartments, small point-of-use humidifiers can be the ideal solution. These simple devices can produce hot or cool humid air and adequately raise the humidity levels in a small space.
In large homes, however, especially with existing forced-air systems, a whole-house humidifier can be a more effective solution, both for efficiency and cost. Whole-house humidifiers work in conjunction with your existing heating systems. Most commonly, these devices attach directly to you furnace and work by increasing the moisture content in the air as it passes through your ducts to the rest of the house. This way, the entire house receives an equal and appropriate amount of humidified air.
Compared to a series of point-of-use humidifiers, this provides more consistent air quality to all the rooms. Furthermore, warm air that’s been treated with a humidifier feels more comfortable than dry air, and as a result, household temperatures can usually be kept lower, saving on your energy bill.
With good research, a knowledgeable homeowner can get into the ballpark of the right kind of humidifier for them. However, when it comes to the final decision and execution, you really need to call in the experts.
For more information about humidifiers and which one might be best for your home, contact the pros at Kansas Controls Heating & Cooling. We’ve proudly served homeowners in and around Wichita and Derby.