Do I Need a Whole House Humidifier? – St. Louis HVAC

January 20, 2017

Whole House Humidifiers add moisture to the air inside your home and can often help with sinus problems, usually aggravated by dry air. A whole house humidifier can relieve many problems associated with winter weather such as dry and itchy skin. In this post, St. Louis HVAC expert will discuss the various options available when it comes to choosing a humidifier for your home. If you and your family are facing problems such as sore throats, chapped lips, and seasonal colds and allergies because of dry air, then you should consider installing a humidifier in your home. Central humidifiers, also known as whole house humidifiers hook up directly to your HVAC systems, along with the plumbing. Here are some types of central humidifiers available in the market: Steam humidification system: It uses less water compared to other types and is an eco-friendly system. The unit adds an equal amount of amount of moisture to the air for each gallon of water used. These systems are approved for use in homes up to 3000 square feet. Fan powered whole house humidifiers: These systems are also approved for use in homes up to 3000 square feet. This humidification system can provide high moisture...

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Choosing a Humidifier – Tips From St. Louis HVAC Expert

December 12, 2016

Do you find your house too damp in the summer and too dry in the winter? Your home should have a relative humidity level of 30-60 percent, depending on what time of the year it is. In winter, the use of heating systems can reduce the humidity by over 30-40 percent. On the other hand, in summer the humidity may be as high as 60 percent. If the relative humidity is below 30, you may want to invest in a humidifier to keep your family comfortable; however, if it touches 60 or more, you need a dehumidifier. You may need both a humidifier and dehumidifier and use them according to the seasons. How Humidity Affects Your Health Extremes of relative humidity in the atmosphere can affect your health adversely. If the air inside your home is dry, you may experience dry skin and other types of dermatitis such as peeling, itchy skin, or chapped lips. These may be the first signs that you need to invest in a humidifier. Other health problems caused by dry air include dry sinuses, congestion, nosebleeds, a persistent cough, and sore throat. If the air is too moist, it can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. Your air conditioning system can...

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Choosing a Humidifier for Your St. Louis Home This Winter

October 28, 2015

Reduce energy and save money by installing a humidifier in your home.   Humidity levels drop during the winter months because cold air holds less moisture than warm air. As a result of dry air, you may experience a number of problems in the winter months, including: dry skin and/or an itchy throat nasal congestion resulting in cold or flu static electricity wallpaper peeling at the edges hardwood floors separating out at the seams difficulty in growing houseplants Indoor air should have a humidity level of 30-35 percent, but during winter months, the humidity level in the air drops to 13 percent or lower. One way to resolve this problem is by using a humidifier to add moisture to the indoor air. Type of Humidifiers You’ll find humidifiers in a wide variety of shapes and designs, including furnace/heat pump mounted units, floor models, and table models. Furnace/heat pump mounted units work as by-pass, steam, wick, mist, and powered. You can mount some of these models to the duct or attach some of them to the furnace or heat pump. You can easily install a humidifier while replacing your furnace. It is also possible to have one installed to your existing heating system. It is important...

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Keeping Free From Winter Viruses

January 3, 2014

The winter season is upon us, and with it will undoubtedly come another round of the flu virus. Viruses thrive in the winter and your home may be a perfect breeding ground for them. It is important to try and protect your family, especially infants and the elderly, as the flu can cause life threatening symptoms to them. A whole house humidifier can help protect you and your loved ones from airborne illnesses as well as improve the efficiency of your furnace. Why Dry Air Can Make You Sick While a furnace provides heat to your house, it does not add moisture to the air. Cold air is less humid than warm air, so when you combine those two factors you end up with a warm, dry climate inside the house. The air, looking for moisture, will pull as much as it can from you and your family. Throats and noses dry out and your body loses some of its protection from germs. Any germs expelled from coughing or sneezing are quickly distributed throughout your house until they find a new place to grow, usually inside  dry throats and nasal passages. Benefits of a Whole House Humidifier One solution to...

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