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Use a Furnace Humidifier to Get More than just Heat from your HVAC System this winter!

small_321044029The temperature outside isn’t the only thing that drops during the winter months in the St. Louis area. As the weather gets colder, humidity levels also begin to fall both outside and in your home. So while your furnace is adding heat to your home, do you have a way to control your home’s humidity levels as well? Adding a whole house humidifier to your furnace is the perfect solution! Today we’re going to talk about a few of the many ways that a furnace humidifier can improve your home’s indoor environment.

How does a furnace humidifier help improve your indoor environment?

  • Increases furnace efficiency. Humidifiers work by adding moisture to your home’s air. Although this doesn’t affect the temperature of your home, it makes it feel 2-3 degrees warmer inside. You can take advantage of this by lowering your thermostat a few degrees, which helps cut back on your utility bills without making your home any less comfortable.
  • Reduces bodily irritation. Low humidity can be extremely uncomfortable, especially when it affects your body. Breathing in dry air can lead to sore throats and nose bleeds, and exposing your body to dry air can make your eyes and skin itchy and dry. By adding moisture to your home with a furnace humidifier, you can avoid these symptoms and make your home much more comfortable.
  • Improves your family’s health. People often develop colds during the winter months, and low humidity can make those symptoms even worse. Low humidity also aggravates symptoms of asthma and allergies. That’s why a whole house humidifier can improve your family’s health and help everyone recover from illnesses faster.
  • Helps eliminate static shocks. Homes with low humidity provide the perfect environment for static shocks. These shocks are caused by static electricity that builds up in dry conditions, and people often encounter them when they touch things like light switches, door knobs and metal surfaces. The best way to avoid these painful shocks is to increase your home’s humidity by adding a humidifier to your furnace!

If you have any questions about a furnace humidifier, or if you’d like a heating and cooling system serviced or installed in your home, contact Jerry Kelly, your Saint Charles, MO, furnace and air conditioning contractor. We service the St. Louis area, including towns like Maryland Heights, O’Fallon and St. Paul.

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