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What Is a Humidifier and Why Do I Want One?


Humidifiers have been around since the dawn of man when cooking pots over a fire would increase the humidity in living spaces. Though the technology has come a long way, modern humidifiers help keep homes and the people who live in them more comfortable. Here’s what you need to know about them and why you just might want one by the time you’ve finished this article.

What is a Humidifier?

A humidifier is an appliance that increases the humidity in the air in an interior space. They use water, a fan, and sometimes a belt to vaporize water and blow it into the air to add moisture. There are different types available depending on your needs. You can get them for a single room, a whole-home system that integrates with your HVAC system, and commercial units that can impact an entire building.

What are the Benefits?

You might not think that dry air in your home will have much of an impact on your life, but it really can. If the humidity gets below 30-50%, it can leave you feeling poorly, can affect your home and belongings, and can increase your energy bills. Here’s how.

  • Enough humidity in your home can impact your health by reducing allergy symptoms and improving respiratory and asthma symptoms. It can also ease issues with your sinuses and nasal passages, cut down on dry eyes, and even make your skin feel and look better.
  • When the air in your home is too dry, it can negatively impact wood, drywall, and even fabrics and textiles. They can crack or dry out, leading to damage and potential for repair or replacement.
  • Did you know that the right amount of humidity can reduce your energy bills? Humid air feels warmer in the winter leading to reduced reliance on your heating system and lower energy bills.

After reading about all of the benefits of having a humidifier in your home, the only thing left to do is to call the team at H.H. Hovey Heating and Cooling to get you set up with the right one for your home.

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