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Winter Indoor Air Quality: The Benefits of a Humidifier

Topics: Home Humidifier, Indoor air quality

When the weather starts to cool down, and the furnace gets cranked, you probably start to notice changes in indoor air quality in a variety of ways. Winter air is dry air. This dry air can be a detriment when it comes to indoor air quality. Instead of just taking the heat, why not consider the benefits of a humidifier to make things a little more comfortable?

  1. Breathe easy. Moisture helps to prevent the movement of germs, as they combine with this moisture and simply drop. This helps prevent the spread of airborne pathogens which can cause illness or irritate the sinuses of those with allergies. Allergy sufferers tend to feel more comfortable when there is more humidity in the air, as it may help soothe the tissues in the throat and nasal passages. A humidifier will help keep the air clean and therefore better for your health.
  2. See you later alligator. Because more than half of the human body is made of water, dry conditions tend to pull moisture out, leaving behind dry skin. Running a humidifier can help prevent your skin from drying out because of the added moisture in the air.
  3. Better sleep. Not only does winter air dry out the skin, it can also lead to an increase in snoring, which can interrupt your sleep or that of anyone you share a space with. The moisture from a humidifier keeps the throat from drying out and relieves the intensity of that annoying snoring sound, meaning better sleep is had by all.
  4. Green thumb. A few weeks ago, we talked about the best houseplants for improving indoor air quality:
    http://homebridgecanada.com/green-space-plants-for-indoor-air-quality/. Plants such as aloe vera or Gerber daisies can really clear the air of harmful pollutants, but only if they’re getting the moisture they need. Humidity in the air allows those essential houseplants to thrive in the winter, thereby positively impacting indoor air quality.
  5. More money in your pocket. Not only is a humidifier great for improving indoor air quality in the winter, it can also save you money! Think about those hot, humid summer days. When the air is humid, it feels warmer compared to when it is dry. This can be attributed to the fact that with more water in the air, sweat evaporates more slowly, leaving people feeling warmer. Since a humidifier makes the air feel warmer, you don’t have to keep the heat as high. With the warmer feeling of the air, thermostats can be lowered, thus conserving energy and saving you money on your heating bills.

If you’ve noticed that your home is quite dry, especially since you turned the furnace on, a humidifier may be the perfect solution.

Call HomeBridge Canada today to find out more about improving indoor air quality with a whole home humidifier: 1-866-876-9986.