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Humidity Helps – 8 Ways Humidifiers Can Improve Your Health & Home

Dry, cold, winter air is something we’ve all dealt with. It’s irritating, unpleasant, and we often find ourselves anxiously awaiting some springtime humidity. Regulating humidity in your home with a whole-house humidifier or upgraded HVAC system won’t just save you from another uncomfortable winter. The right humidity levels can significantly improve the health and happiness of your home in a variety of ways. Want to learn how? Read on for 8 ways humidifiers can improve your health and home.

1. Reduces the risk of infections
Both viruses and bacteria can’t travel as well when the air is moist. More humid air in the winter can prevent the spread of infection and keep your family healthier.

2. Improves skin health
You may notice dry, patchy skin start to appear in tandem with the cold weather. That’s because cold, dry air pulls the moisture out of your skin. A whole-home humidifier can help reduce uncomfortable flakiness and maintain more vibrant, healthy skin.

3. Reduces sinus discomfort and sore throats
Winter air is notorious for drying out sinuses making them more susceptible to bacteria and sickness. Even if you don’t have a cold, dry air can cause bloody noses, a gravely voice, and a myriad of uncomfortable symptoms. Wake up in the morning without the discomfort of a sore throat or dry sinuses by using a humidifier in your home.

4. Helps provide better quality sleep
A more moist and humid environment is usually much more comfortable for sleeping. Humidifiers may also help reduce snoring, which can improve sleep quality for both the snorer and the sleeping partner.

5. Helps you heal more quickly
If you do get sick during the winter, a humidifier will cut down on your sick time. By keeping your nasal passages and throat moist, you’ll be helping your body heal faster and reduce unpleasant cold symptoms like coughing.

6. Keeps your houseplants healthy
Houseplants don’t just beautify your surroundings, they work hard to pull toxins from the air, keeping the air in your home healthy. Take care of your indoor plants during the wintertime by using a humidifier. Your houseplants – and your body – will thank you.

7. Protects wood furnishings
Too much dry air can cause damage to the wood throughout your home. Moldings, doors, and furniture can eventually begin to split and crack. Help your furniture pieces live to see the next generation by using a humidifier during the winter.

8. Reduces heating bill
Moist air feels warmer than dry air. With the help of a whole-home humidifier, you’ll be less inclined to turn up the heat on cold winter days. This can help you save on monthly utility bills all winter long.

Humidity helps. Have we convinced you, yet? Contact us today to learn more about whole-house humidifiers and other HVAC products that can help increase the humidity in your home this winter. Our heating and cooling experts can help you find the right solution for your home.