Furnaces are often a must-have in homes during the cold winter months. The coziness your furnace provides is always welcomed. But the one downside of this coziness is how dry your home becomes when the furnace is on. Luckily, this is where humidifiers can save the day.
Not only do humidifiers have the benefit of adding moisture to the dry winter air, there are many other benefits to using a humidifier alongside your furnace. Let’s take a look at the relationship your furnace and humidifier have.
Why Moisture Matters
We understand that adding a humidifier’s moisture to the air helps eliminate that pesky winter dryness. But how exactly does that benefit your household? For starters, a dry home will try to take water from any source it can–including your body. This is why there’s an increase of colds, flus, and dry, itchy skin during the cold winter months. Humidifiers allow the air in your home to be more breathable as well, which is very beneficial to anyone suffering from allergies and asthma.
However, it is important to monitor the humidity in your home. Too much humidity can cause mold, mildew, or fungus to grow. This is why it’s recommended that you keep your home’s humidity levels between 30-60%.
How They Work Together
Humidity in the form of vapor is created with three elements: water, heat, and airflow. According to Healthy Air expert Brandon Glancy of Aprilaire, “A water line running to your humidifier trickles water down an evaporative panel so the furnace can provide both heat and airflow. This process turns the liquid into water into vapor, which the HVAC blower then moves through the ductwork and disperses into your home’s air.”
The dynamic duo of a furnace and humidifier can actually save you money. When you have a humidifier and furnace working together, you can lower the temperature of your furnace. If your furnace is working too hard, you may be in need of a repair quicker than you’d expect.
If you haven’t been running a humidifier with your furnace, this is a great time to consider doing so before the cold really sets in. We’d love to help you so you can see the benefits of this duo in your home. Contact us today!