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.

Why a Dehumidifier is an Important Part of Your Home’s HVAC System

It doesn’t take a flood from a storm or broken pipes to require the work of a dehumidifier to help dry out a basement. In general, basements are damp and humid, creating an environment that can harbor mildew or mold. However, it’s not just obvious water problems in your basement that can cause issues in your home; excessive moisture builds up everywhere. Cooking, cleaning, and showering add moisture to your indoor air. That’s why a whole-home dehumidifier is such an important element in your HVAC system.

A whole-home dehumidifier will improve your indoor air quality and your family’s comfort for several reasons.

Excessive moisture can aggravate allergies, create musty odors, or show up as mold and mildew on surfaces. It is also a breeding ground for dust mites when the relative humidity exceeds 50 percent. Anyone with asthma or other allergies that are triggered by mold and mildew will be glad to have a drier home!

A home with chronically high humidity may also suffer, with warping or damage to wood trim and floors. Humidity is also trapped in fabrics (furniture, draperies, and carpeting) and may damage photographs—anything that is sensitive to high humidity.

Excessive humidity also causes the air in your home to feel warmer, which may lead you to crank up the air conditioning when it’s not truly necessary. With an installed dehumidifier, you’ll be less likely to overcool your home (which will help keep down your energy use and costs).

At Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric, Inc., we install Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifiers as part of your heating and cooling system; it can also be installed as a standalone unit. It automatically removes the proper amount of moisture from every room throughout the entire house. With this type of humidity control you:

  • Reduce growth of dust mites, mold and other contaminants that can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms
  • Get rid of the cold, clammy air and mildew odors everywhere.
  • Protect your furnishings and structure against warping or worse
  • Enhance your home’s energy efficiency – lower humidity means you’ll feel cooler at a higher temperature

The model we install (Model #1850) can remove up to nearly 12 gallons of water a day—but let’s hope you are never in the position to need that! This industry-leading, high-capacity whole-home dehumidifier is ducted to your HVAC system; it has an easy-to-use interactive display and is low maintenance. Your Bloomfield Cooling, Heating & Electric technician will check it and clean or replace the filter as needed once a year as part of your maintenance.

With warm weather ahead, consider installing an Aprilaire whole-home dehumidifier. You’ll have less reason to crank up the AC, your family will be more comfortable, and anyone with sensitivities to moisture-induced contaminants will breathe easier—and more easily—with drier air throughout your home. Call us at 973-237-0505 to make an appointment.

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