With the winter season closing in fast many families have already started firing up their heating systems, which keeps your family warm, but it also dries out the air in your home.
The average person breathes 3400 gallons (12,870 liters) of air each day and spends 90% of that day inside. The amount of time indoors increases during the cold winter months when staying indoors and warm far outweighs going out into the cold.
I am sure many of you have heard of single room, or personal humidifiers, well a whole-house powered humidifier is simply a larger, more complex version of a single-room humidifier. To work on an entire home a whole-house humidifier is typically hooked up to your homes central HVAC system. This allows the humidifying air to be moved throughout your home via vents
The most popular units that John C Flood installs are the powered humidifiers, which are typically attached to your HVACs main ventilation duct and requires both an electric and water line connection. Most powered whole-house systems push around 18 gallons of evaporated water into your home per day. These systems also incorporate special humidifier pads that contain an anti-microbial feature which helps inhibit the growth of molds, bacteria, fungus and algae on the pads.
Installing a whole-house powered humidifier has numerous benefits for your home and health. For the home benefits include keeping valuable wood furniture from drying and cracking, valuable wooden picture frames from drying and warping, prevent wood floors from buckling and separating, and more. The health benefits start by reducing your susceptibility to infection by keeping the mucus membranes of your throat and nasal passages moist allowing the tiny hairs (cilia) to work at expelling foreign objects such as mold, pet dander and bacteria. Humidifiers also relieve and prevent dry, scratchy skin and lips as well as reduce nosebleeds.
Lastly, installing a whole-house powered humidifier can help save you money by reducing your energy consumption. The humidifier works to automatically maintain a proper humidity level throughout your home thus allowing you to turn down your thermostat – and you got, lower your energy bills. The most notable names in whole-house powered humidifiers are Bryant, Aprilaire & Honeywell.