You may be thinking, “Why would I need a humidifier? Those are for when people are sick.” Yes, that’s true! But humidifiers, especially those that service the central air system, also play an important role in your life. Did you know that the average humidity index during the summer here in Michigan is 80%? And do you know that the optimal humidity level for your home is about 40-50%? This is where humidifiers come into play. These high levels of humidity can cause mold and mildew.
During winter, the opposite is true. The humidity level gets to around 25% and it’s important to raise it up. It gets cold here in the winter, there’s no need to stress just how bad it can get. Though your central heater is working and warming up your home, your humidity level may be static. It’s necessary to bring it up to a level around 40-50%. Why? A lack of humidity is a significant factor in why our skin, noses, and mouths dry while we’re in our homes. Hardwood floors, cabinets, and other wooden items can get dry without this humidity. A stand-alone humidifier can do the trick but there are problems. These machines need to be filled regularly, you will need one for each room, and they use a lot of energy.
A humidifier is not a furnace replacement, or meant to stand in for a boiler, it as additional unit for your central air conditioning system. It is an important addition to your home’s HVAC system.
The Advantages of a Central Air Humidifier:
- Constant monitoring and adjusting of humidity
- Saves energy
- No mold or mildew
- Makes your home feel warmer in winter (a humid 70 degrees feels warmer than a dry 70 degrees)