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Winter is Tough on Indoor Air Quality

Young woman shivering during the winter seasonWinter weather here in Washington is cold and dry. This has more of an effect on your home, family, and indoor air quality than you might think. The quality of the air in your home directly affects your comfort and health. Humidity imbalance is a big issue that can even affect the price of your heating bill. If you want to make improvements on your indoor air quality in Mount Vernon, WA, then contact our team to schedule an appointment today. We can help you stay comfortable this winter.

What’s a Whole-Home Humidifier?

A whole-home humidifier is a humidifier that connects to your home’s HVAC system. A whole-home humidifier is installed in your ductwork near your furnace. The unit spreads water vapor throughout your home’s heating ducts to ensure that all the air circulating and properly balanced.

A bonus of a whole-home humidifier is its low maintenance nature. If you’re used to supplementing the air in your home with small, personal humidifiers then you’re probably used to the extensive upkeep that they require. Neglecting a portable humidifier quick leads to mold or bacterial growth that decreases your home’s indoor air quality. A whole-home humidifier requires a lot less maintenance and distributes an even amount of moisture in your home.

Why Your Home Needs Humidity

There are many reasons why your home needs humidity. We’ve listed some of the benefits below.

  • Comfort: Humidity is a force that makes your home more comfortable. Water vapor acts as an insulant that allows you to feel comfortable with your thermostat set to a lower temperature. You’ll be more comfortable this winter with a humidifier installed in your home.
  • Cost Efficiency: As mentioned above, adding a whole-home humidifier allows your home to feel more comfortable set to a lower thermostat temperature. Setting your thermostat just a few degrees lower in winter helps you save money. Adding a humidifier increases your comfort, boosts your efficiency, and lowers your heating bill.
  • Help Fend Off Colds: When your home’s humidity levels are too low, it dries out your body, particularly your sinuses. When your sinuses and mucous membranes dry out they split and make it much easier for viruses and bacteria to enter your bloodstream—making you sick. A dried-out sinus system also makes it much harder for you to get over a cold. Humidity is a helpful addition to any home.
  • Alleviate Respiratory Problems: If you or a family member in your home has a chronic respiratory condition like asthma, bronchitis, or allergies then adding a whole-home humidifier can help alleviate the symptoms of this condition.

We Can Improve Your Indoor Air Quality

Our team at Foss Heating and Cooling will help you keep your home comfortable all fall and winter long. We have very particular heating and cooling needs here in Washington and at Foss Heating and Cooling we’ve served the Island, Skagit, and Snohomish Counties since 1972—we understand what our customers need. When you choose our team, you’ll know you’re getting the best HVAC services in the area at the most reasonable prices.

If you’re thinking of installing a whole-home humidifier, contact our team to schedule an appointment today.

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