December 20, 2018

Does My Home Need a Humidifier in the Winter?

Many people aren’t sure whether they need a humidifier in the winter along with their furnace. While Charlotte doesn’t have severe winters such as more northern cities do, the winter is cool enough to need a heater. Heaters remove moisture from the air as a side effect of heating it. In addition, cool or cold air tends to dry out skin. Dehydration is an issue that people often think about during hotter months, but not as much during colder months. However, as the air becomes colder and we turn our heaters on, the dry air can also add to our own dehydration.

Benefits of Adding a Humidifier

Adding a humidifier to your heating system is an easy way to combat the dry air. Humidifiers can add moisture to the air being circulated through your home during winter creating several benefits.

  • Reduces/eliminates static electricity
  • Reduces dehydration in humans and pets
  • Adds comfort to the home
  • Helps maintain smooth skin

These benefits help with the overall health of people and pets as well as make your home feel better to you and any visitors.

Cost of Adding a Humidifier

If you are buying a new furnace, it is easy to add a humidifier at the same time. Humidifiers are relatively inexpensive to add, making adding one affordable for most people. If you don’t need a new furnace, you can buy a humidifier and have a professional install it for you. In fact, discussing your heating system and getting a recommendation from a local HVAC service before you go out a buy a humidifier is a good idea. Your technician can advise you on whether one brand of humidifier works better with your heater or if you need a specific style of a humidifier to work with your furnace.

The Heating Experts in Charlotte, NC

Ultimately, it is up to you whether to add a humidifier to your heating system. However, you will feel better within hours of adding a humidifier, especially if you run your heater often during the winter. The cost of a humidifier compared to your comfort is very low. It is definitely worth your time to explore. Contact Prime Comfort to find out more about our heating installation or repair services.

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