10 Benefits of using a Humidifier

Humidifier during the heating season puts moisture back in the air providing many benefits for you and your family.  Here are the top 10:

Reduce the risk of getting a cold or the flu. Viruses and bacteria can’t travel as well in moist air.  It is possible that using a humidifier may prevent you from catching a bug this season.

Comfortable sinuses. Do you wake up with a tight, dry nose in the winter? Even if you don’t have a cold, winter air will dry out your sinuses and lower your resistance to bacteria.  More moisture in the air means more comfortable sinuses.

No more morning sore throat. The dry air also affects your vocal cords, creating a dry, scratchy throat.  Keeping the air moist, especially while you sleep, helps provide relief to your vocal cords.

Soft glowing skin. The dry winter air zaps moisture from your skin causing dryness, flaking, and accelerated aging.  A humidifier can alleviate these damaging effects, and help you maintain vibrant looking skin.

Reduced heating bill.  In the summer months the higher the humidity, the hotter it feels.  That is because the excess moisture in the air makes it feel warmer.  By adding some moisture to the air, you’ll probably see some savings on your heating bills.

Protect Furniture.  Too little moisture in the air can cause wood furnishing or flooring to split and crack.  Using a humidifier helps preserve the integrity of the wood.

Improved Sleep.  If you or your partner snores it may be due to dry sinuses.  A moist environment can soothe dry sinuses and bring you comfort for a good night’s sleep.

Control Static Electricity.  Thanks to the dry air, static electricity shocks are harder to avoid in the winter.  No one likes a jarring jolt of a static shock.  A humidifier will help lessen potential for static electricity in your home during winter.

Healthier Plant Life.  Plants are also affected by the dry winter air.  Their leaves begin to look droopy and the soil seems dryer than usual.  A humidifier can help keep you and your plants healthy.

Faster Recovery.  If you end up catching a cold, flu, or sinus infection, a humidifier may shorten your healing time.  The moisture keeps your nasal passages and throat moist reducing symptoms such as coughing and sneezing.

Finally, portable humidifiers work great, but they can be a lot of maintenance.  You must remember to clean them on a weekly basis as well as purchase distilled or demineralized water.  Also, you have to be careful that you are not adding too much moisture to the air because it can encourage the growth of organisms including dust mites.  

Here at Burkholder’s we recommend installing a whole-home humidifier.  Installed as part of your home’s heating or cooling system, whole-home humidifiers automatically deliver the perfect amount of moisture to each room in your home.  With automatic control, you’ll always know what humidity level is in your home and enjoy peace of mind that it’s being maintained correctly.

Contact us to find out more about install a whole-home humidifier today!