Humidification is the process of adding moisture to the air inside the home to maintain proper indoor relative humidity levels. Proper humidity levels in the home help protect and preserve your family’s health, hardwood floors, carpets, fabrics, antiques, and many other items in your home.
Central heating acts as a de-humidifier anytime that it is used. It’s not uncommon that you will wake up to humidity levels between 10%-15% on a typical winter morning after using your heater the night before. Common complaints from these low humidity levels include dry scratchy or sore throat, painful sinuses, static electricity, wood floors and furnishing starting to crack and shrink, and many other problems associated with lack of moisture in the air.
To ensure the proper humidity level is maintained in your home a Humidifier can be installed on your existing central heating and cooling equipment. It’s a simple device that is connected to your home’s domestic water and electrical supply, and is controlled by a digital humidity controller (referred to as a Humidistat). When the Humidistat senses low humidity levels in the home, it turns on the Humidifier and the fan control of your heating system, delivering moisture into all rooms of your home until the proper humidity level is reached. The Humidifier will then cycle on and off as needed to maintain the desired humidity level.
When your home is kept at a proper humidity level it also allows you to keep your Thermostat set a couple of degrees cooler then you normally would, and still feel the same amount of comfort. This helps lower your heating bills along with the benefits previously mentioned. With the price of natural gas today, a Humidifier makes even more sense to install on your system, which will enhance the total air quality package.