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Low Humidity? Big Problem

comfortable-womanFor many homeowners, the pursuit of comfort in their respective homes begins and ends with a great air conditioner and a dependable, efficient heater. We certainly do not intend to downplay the role that successful temperature maintenance plays in your overall comfort. However, we must also remind you that temperature maintenance is not the whole picture. If you are serious about living in the full comfort we believe you deserve, then must maintain great indoor air quality as well as temperature control.

Another fact that you may not fully realize is that maintaining great indoor air quality in Washington, DC can actually help to protect your property and your health, as well as your comfort. Whether due to the dehumidifying effects of running an AC all the time in the summer, or the naturally drier air that we experience in the winter, you may not have a sufficient amount of humidity in your living space. Using a whole-house humidifier is the best way to resolve that problem. 

What’s the Issue?

First of all, it is not an “issue,” but “issues,” plural. You know that extremely humid air can really make the heat of summer uncomfortable, but very dry air can cause a number of different problems in your home itself. Learning to recognize the development of these issues is an integral part of taking the steps necessary to resolve them. So what kinds of problems are we talking about?

  • Dry, itchy, cracking skin. When the air surrounding your skin is too dry, your skin will be too.
  • Increased risk of illness, as your body’s mucous membranes dry out.
  • Increased frequency of sore throats, coughs, sneezing, and even bloody noses.
  • Frequent–and annoying–static shocks. These can also damage sensitive electronics.
  • Chipping paint, cracking wallpaper.
  • Splitting floorboards and/or wooden furniture and fixtures.

Whole-House Humidifiers Are Best

Now that you know some of the signs that you are indeed dealing with low humidity levels, what is the next step? To go out to the hardware store and purchase a small humidifier that you can set on the counter, or a freestanding model that you can wheel around the house? No, not if you want to humidify your home efficiently, effectively, and conveniently.

A whole-house humidifier is definitely the way to go if you are trying to balance adequate humidity levels throughout an entire home. Those little portable models have their uses in single rooms, dorms, etc., but they are not going to cut it when it comes to humidifying a household. Using equipment that integrates into your existing whole-house HVAC system, on the other hand, will.

With a whole-house humidifier, you can use the system with or without your AC/heater. You don’t have to worry about refilling a water reservoir, as it is supplied directly from the plumbing system in your home. You also don’t have to worry about running it too long and over humidifying your home. These systems have simple, accurate controls to maintain just the right amount of humidity.

Let Polar Bear Air Conditioning & Heating Inc. improve the air quality throughout your home

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