With the winter season in full swing, there’s plenty of static cling and dry skin to go around, so it’s best to start preparing your home to brace for the harsh season ahead. One of the biggest complaints of winter is the constant dryness indoors which can lead to cold symptoms, dry skin and a constant dryness that eliminates any hope of a cozy winter day. Installing a whole-house humidifier is the cure for common winter heating ailments, with benefits including improved health, home efficiency and money savings.
In Columbus Ohio, the main season to worry about your indoor air quality is winter. The cold, dry air increases the likelihood of viruses transmitting, especially where you spend most of your time, at home. Washing your hands regularly and getting a flu shot are good tips to avoid getting sick, but there are also some HVAC tricks to improve your indoor air quality. One thing you should do is change your indoor air filter. Here are 3 reasons why:
It’s something we rarely think about, but the air we breathe has a significant impact on our health. The air you probably breathe the most is inside your home. If your home has poor indoor air quality, you are putting you and your family’s health at risk. During the winter, proper indoor air quality can be difficult to maintain. There are two threats to your indoor air quality that are most prevalent during the winter: carbon monoxide and dry air. You are probably aware of the danger of high carbon monoxide levels, but you might not know about the problems dry air can cause. Here are solutions to both of the problems.
Many people realize that humidifiers are great at combating the unpleasant side effects of dry weather. Bloody noses, dry and itch eyes, sore throats, and cracked skin are all uncomfortable effects of the dry winter weather. To counter this, many people decide to buy a humidifier. One question they might ask is, “Why should I invest in a whole-house humidifier instead of a portable humidifier?” To answer the question, there are actually a number of reasons why it’s worth it to invest in a whole-house humidifier over a portable one.
You might feel, after performing our attic insulation check, that your insulation is inadequate. Before you jump into adding insulation, it’s a good idea to find and seal the air leaks in your attic. This is because you insulation will be much less effective if there are air leaks. An attic air sealing project is a pretty big undertaking. It requires a significant amount of time, effort, and money to do an attic air sealing project properly. Many people are better off contacting a contractor. Here are some things to consider when deciding whether to tackle an attic air sealing project yourself or with the help of a contractor.
The National Appliance Energy Conservation Act (NAECA) is a U.S. Government Act that regulates energy consumption of certain household appliances. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has been enforcing manufacturers of residential water heaters to comply with NAECA regulations since 1990. On April 16, 2015 the U.S. Department of Energy will introduce a new set of compliance standards for water heaters.
How Will It Affect You?
There are plenty of reasons to install a whole-house humidifier, but you might still have some lingering questions. Here are some frequently asked questions about whole-home humidifiers.
Q: Do whole-home humidifiers cause mold build up in ductwork?
A: Evaporative whole house-humidifiers, which connect to forced air units, use moving air to absorb evaporating water. By doing this, the humidifiers add humidity to the air as a fully absorbed gas. Because an evaporative whole house-humidifier doesn’t spray any mist or use any standing water, there is no concern of mold growth when installed properly by a licensed HVAC contractor, such as Atlas Butler.
The green movement is steadily gaining traction. More often than before, people are considering the impact their actions will have on the environment. Green products and services that have minimal impact on the health of the environment are growing in popularity. The HVAC industry is no different. Our products and services are focused on energy efficiency and minimizing the amount of energy your home uses.
We have talked about whole-house humidifiers quite a bit recently. In case you missed it, we have covered the basics and discussed the benefits of whole-house humidifiers. Deciding that the health and home benefits of a whole-house humidifier is worth the investment is step one. The next step is deciding which humidifier is best for your home. There are two types of whole-house humidifiers to choose from: steam and evaporative. We’ll explain how both work so that you can choose which one would be best for your home.