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Consider a Humidifier this Winter

Winter is officially here and with 2016 on its way, now is the time for fresh starts. If you’re troubled by low humidity during the colder months here in Cedar Falls, IA – with its litany of discomforts – you should consider a whole-house humidifier for your home. The installation takes little time, provided you use the right service, and the advantages can be considerable. Here’s some information on how the system works and what it can do for you.

Low Humidity is a Big Problem

If you recall high school science class, we know that vapor condenses into droplets of liquid when the temperature goes down. That’s one of the reasons why you get dew in the early hours of the morning, when temperatures are coolest. In the winter, this kicks into overdrive for obvious reasons. When relative humidity levels drop below 30%, the air becomes so dry that it starts to pull moisture from your skin and sinuses. Not only will it make your skin feel dry and cracked, but drying out your sinuses leaves your body more vulnerable to colds and flu bugs (one of the reasons why winter is cold season). That comes on top of the static electricity, which can be exasperating in the extreme, and even damage electronic components in your home.

How a Humidifier Solves It

A whole-house humidifier is actually a fairly straightforward piece of equipment: a reservoir filled with water soaked up by a wick. A fan blows across the wick, releasing moisture into your duct system while you run your heater. As a result, the humidity in your home is increased. Besides helping you feel more comfortable and reducing the instances of illness in your family, it helps the house feel warmer, easing the strain on your heater and allowing you to handle the winter more comfortably.

The pros at Dalton PHC can install, maintain and repair humidifiers in your home!

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