The Importance of Humidifiers on Forced Hot Air Units

Many American homes with central heating systems have a forced hot air furnace. This type of HVAC unit draws the room air through duct work to a furnace, where the air is filtered and heated; it is then blown back into the rooms through other duct work.

This warmed air is also dry, and in the winter months, it can cause problems for many homeowners from a few standpoints.

  • For one, you’ll find that keeping your home at the right humidity level keeps nasal passages and airways healthy. Low humidity makes some people more susceptible to catching a cold, because dry indoor air creates an environment that’s favorable to cold and flu viruses. In fact, properly humidified air can reduce virus transmission by up to 30%. Cold dry air also aggravates asthma, so humidification can reduce asthma flareups and help everyone sleep better.
  • Oddly, dry air may make you feel colder at normal temperatures, compelling you to turn up the thermostat and overheat your home (and add to your energy bill needlessly).
  • Dry air can also cause structural damage to your home’s interior and possessions—walls and woodwork can crack, wallpaper may peel, and electronic equipment is susceptible to static shock.

Installing a whole-house humidifier on a forced hot air unit can help mitigate the problems associated with that dry air. At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, we install Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers. These units are easy to maintain and do so much for your home and your family’s comfort. They’re installed as part of the home’s HVAC system and are set to automatically deliver humidified air throughout every room. And, they’ll improve indoor air quality, energy efficiency, and your comfort.

Benefits of humidification for forced hot air heating systems
You’ll stay warmer at cooler temperatures (which will also help make your energy bill feel better). Static will be reduced, as will dry, scratchy throats and noses, dry skin or hair, and dry eyes. The potential for respiratory infections will be reduced. Your home’s environment will feel fresher. And your furnishings and prized possessions—especially wood furniture and flooring, expensive electronics, and musical instruments—will be better protected from damage brought on by air that is too dry.

One of our certified technicians from Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric will measure your unit and assess the best Aprilaire whole-house humidifier for your needs. Contact us for an appointment today: 973-237-0505 or info@bloomfieldcooling.com.

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