Heat is your friend. Dryness the enemy.
Humidification—the process of adding moisture to the air—is one of the most important aspects of total indoor comfort, yet it's one of the least understood. Humidifying your indoor air—to increase relative humidity levels—is as beneficial to your family’s comfort and health as is heating your home.
Dry Air Can Damage Your Family’s Health and Home
Physicians and other experts often recommend humidity control to prevent the damaging effects of dry air caused by low relative humidity.
•Low humidity can increase your likelihood of getting colds, flu and other upper respiratory ailments. Viruses that cause colds and flu thrive in low humidity. And, according to The American Society of Otolaryngology, dry air can make people more susceptible to infection. In addition, drier air can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.
•Low humidity can cause home damage. It causes walls, woodwork, and your beautiful hardwood floors to crack. Electronics can fall victim to static electric charges, requiring expensive repair or replacement.
•Low humidity can cause higher energy costs. It can make you feel cold at normal temperatures leading you to turn up the thermostat. This leads to higher energy bills.
Beyond the damage low humidity causes, it makes you uncomfortable. It can cause:
•Dry mouth and dry, itchy eyes
•Cracked, itchy skin
•Painful static shocks
It’s become well known that a home with moisture feels warmer than a dry home, even at lower temperature settings.
Proper humidification reduces discomfort, tiredness, sickness. Breathing dry air makes the uptake of oxygen and its subsequent transfer to the blood system more difficult. Fatigue, tiredness, headache and reduced concentration levels are symptoms of a reduced oxygen supply.
Proper humidification reduces susceptibility to colds. The self-cleansing function of the windpipe is affected by dry air. The consequences: increased susceptibility to infections and respiratory tract complaints.
Proper humidification reduces chapped lips, dry, red eyes and dry, itchy skin. As much as 60 percent of the human body is composed of water. When the air around you is dry it will draw moisture from any available source, including human cells, membranes and even your skin and lips causing drying and irritation. Adding moisture to the air eliminates the need to seek moisture from other sources.
Proper humidification helps your baby to feel and sleep better. Dry air causes discomfort in even the smallest of humans. Properly humidified air reduces the amount of dust in the air and the drying of air passages, which could impact breathing and sleep. A content baby tends to sleep well, providing a restful night for everyone in the house.
Proper humidification can help you recover sooner from a cold. Everyone knows there is no cure for the common cold … yet. However, proper air humidification can alleviate dry air passages and nasal membranes, which allows you to rest better. Plenty of rest enables the body to recover sooner.
Proper humidification reduces damage to wooden objects. Furniture and other wooden objects have a dull surface in dry room air. They dry out and eventually cracks will appear.
Proper humidification reduces levels of dust. Humidity binds dust. Dry room air causes dust to rise, a condition made worse by the thermal currents created by the furnace.
Proper humidification reduces the negative effect of the home environment on musical instruments.
Low moisture content in room air will cause musical instruments to go out of tune.
Proper humidification reduces static electricity charge. Moisture in the air prevents the build up of static electricity. In the summer air is more humid and static electricity does not build up as much as in the winter, when air is dryer. Static electricity, even small amounts, can be annoying when it charges clothing, carpeting, metallic furniture and doorknobs, and even your hair. In large amounts, static electricity could be harmful to electronic equipment. Proper humidification in your home or office can decrease or eliminate static electricity, reducing the chance of damage to sensitive electronic equipment.
Proper humidification helps to keep your voice tuned. Proper humidification helps keep the throat and nasal passage clear, and prevents respiratory ailments, which can harm the human voice. It is widely reported that some professional singers keep several (as many as 100) humidifiers in their home, creating a near steam bath-like environment.
Smart humidifiers provide peace of mind.
The Smart Automatic Humidifier is the world’s first computer-equipped, completely automated, “no touch” humidifier. It never needs constant manual adjustments. The advanced computer technology measures the outdoor temperature and indoor humidity over 86,000 times a day and continually adjusts your homes indoor humidity to its optimum level. It also performs at a level three times more accurate and four times more reliable than other humidifiers.
Computer-equipped automatic humidifiers offer the following advantages:
- Eliminates parched, dry air throughout the entire home automatically.
- Generates up to 50% more moisture for improved comfort, well being, preservation and energy savings than manual units.
- Exclusive automated "no touch" computer operation eliminates the need to constantly make manual adjustments.
- Senses changes in relative humidity instantaneously.
- Delivers more of what you buy a humidifier for - comfort, convenience, control and preservation.
Why Choose a Whole-Home Humidifier?
Installed directly to your home's central heating and cooling system, a whole-home humidifier provides whole-home comfort—unlike portable units that only address certain rooms.
Too much humidity can be as much of a problem as too little humidity. Unlike portable units, a whole-home humidifier continually monitors relative humidity levels and then delivers the perfect amount of moisture to the air throughout your entire home.
Nasa Heating offers both evaporative and steam humidifiers that introduce humidity into your home's air in the form of water vapor, which prevents minerals from entering the air in your home and potentially into your lungs.
Maintenance of humidifiers is easy and infrequent, requiring attention just once or twice a year. Compare that to portable humidifiers that require you to monitor levels in messy tanks.
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