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Does My Home Need a Humidifier in Winter?

January 6, 2019

Bratcher Heating & A/C serves residential clients in Bloomington and the surrounding areas with all manner of heating solutions. Our services include maintenance, repairs, emergency repairs and installations. Many of our clients have a furnace, boiler or heat pump in their homes but not a humidifier. A common question we receive is whether a humidifier would make a home more comfortable and cost-effective in winter. What follows are a few facts about and benefits of humidifiers.

How a Humidifier Affects a Home in Winter

Humidity is a measure of how much water vapor is in the air. There’s a relationship between temperature and humidity. In a nutshell, the higher the relative humidity, the higher the temperature feels. This is why an 80-degree day can feel much worse when the humidity is high. This works to our benefit with colder temperatures, but humidity is lower in winter because cold air holds less moisture. A humidifier increases that moisture and thus allows your home to feel more comfortable at a lower temperature.

A regulated relative humidity can have a number of other benefits as well, including:

  • Easier breathing
  • Less-effective airborne viruses
  • No static electricity buildups
  • Better wood preservation

Lowered Heating Costs

Since a humidifier lets your family feel comfortable at a lower temperature, you can turn the thermostat down at least several degrees. That means that a humidifier can make a big difference over the course of a winter and, if you choose an efficient model, it can even pay for itself in the long run.

Room Humidifiers vs. Whole-Home Systems

When deciding on a humidifier, you have the choice between room models and whole-home systems. Whole-home solutions require a bigger initial investment but often prove to be more cost-effective over 15 years and beyond. Room models are relatively inexpensive and let you focus your humidification efforts on the rooms that you use most, such as the living room and bedrooms.

Considering a humidifier? Contact Bratcher Heating & A/C today to learn more about how we can help.

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Why Use a Home Humidifier?

July 16, 2018

Indoor Air Quality If you’re looking for a way to make your home more comfortable, you should definitely take into consideration using a humidifier. From getting rid of dry skin to reducing the symptoms of sinusitis, there are more than a few reasons to have one in your house. Here at Bratcher, we understand how important it is that your home be as comfortable as possible and we are here to meet any and all of your heating and cooling needs.

For now, let’s explore the top reasons you need to have a humidifier in your home:

Speeds Up the Healing Process

Whether you’re suffering from asthma or allergies or even the common cold, a humidifier has the ability to lubricate your nasal passages, which is essential to expediting the healing process when you’re sick. If you have severe allergies, there are humidifiers that are made specifically to reduce your symptoms, so you’ll definitely want to look into purchasing one of them.

Reduce Symptoms of Sinusitis

Sometimes, when the air gets too dry, this can cause your nasal passages to not properly drain, thus causing them to become stuffed up. When humidity is added to the air, though, this will ensure your nose drains properly, which can greatly reduce symptoms associated with sinusitis and congestion.

Get Rid of Nosebleeds

If you suffer from nosebleeds, you know how aggravating they can be. One minute you’re sitting cuddled up the couch with your loved one watching a movie, and the next you’re having to dash off to to the bathroom with your hand under your nose to keep blood from getting all over everything. With a humidifier in the home, your nose is more likely to stay lubricated, which is essential in being able to get rid of nosebleeds.

Stay Beautiful

Do you ever wake up in the morning and notice that your hands and feet along with your lips feel dry? If so, this means the air in your home is very dry and you need to put humidity in the air. Thankfully, doing something as simple as using a humidifier can put moisture in the air and leave you waking up feeling supple and not so dry and flaky in the morning.

There’s never been a better time to make sure your home is as comfortable as it can be and it starts with monitoring whether or not you need to add a humidifier. While some homes will need to add moisture into the air, there are some that will actually need to remove it, making it necessary to use a dehumidifier. To learn which one you need to use, contact Bratcher today serving the Peoria, IL area.

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