Living in a dry climate can have its downfalls, especially in Colorado where the air can be drier than the Sahara Desert. Airborne particlesand bacteria in the home cause illness year round and can trigger serious allergy attacks. The EPA reports that indoor air can actually be 4-5 times more polluted than the air outdoors. That’s why treating the air quality inside your house is an absolute necessity nowadays.
Many people assume that the everyday tasks, like showering and cooking, release enough humidity into the air to help with overall air quality. However, these amounts are minuscule and actually don’t add to the overall air humidity levels. To learn a little more about how a humidifier system can make your home a safer and more enjoyable environment for your family, check out our four smart reasons for treating the air quality in your house.
1. It Provides Protection Against Viruses.
Tiny bacterial particles, pet dander, dust mites, and a million other things are floating around in the air at any given time. These microscopic organisms cause illness, trigger allergies, bring on asthma attacks, and even cause nose bleeds. By improving air quality in the home, you can cut down on sick days and create a healthier environment for your family.
2. It’s Good for the Body.
Adding moisture into the air is great for the body, not only by making the air more comfortable, but because the skin constantly absorbs moisture that it loses throughout the day. Air moisture keeps your lips from drying out, your skin from cracking and provides relief from the physical discomforts of a dry nose and throat.
3. It Keeps Your Furniture in Good Shape.
Colorado’s dry climate doesn’t just take its toll on its residents, it affects household furnishings as well. Hardwood floors, wooden furniture, and antiques are all at risk for splitting and drying out. In addition, it can also cause wallpaper to peel. Using a humidifier system will keep ample moisture in the air so that your furnishings and keepsakes stay in perfect condition for years to come.
4. It Preserves Your Electronics.
Dry air is the culprit behind painful static electricity shocks. This isn’t just an unpleasant happening – it can also damage electronics. Computers, phones and other devices are susceptible to damage if the air is too dry.
There are several types of indoor quality systems available for home use. These include:
1. Whole-House Humidifier System: These units are built into the furnace system and draws water directly from your water supply. A whole-house humidifier system will allow the home occupants to feel warm at a lower temperature. This not only provides a more comfortable environment, but it saves on heating bills, which can really add up in areas with long, harsh winters, like Colorado. The advantage of a whole-house humidifier is that it is perfect for a busy household because it requires little maintenance. Whole-house humidifiers will keep your house set at a specific humidity level, and is the perfect system for people who want a worry-free humidifier system.
2. Room-to-Room Humidifier System: These are portable units that can be purchased from a big box store and can plug into any outlet. The advantage is that they are light enough for one person to carry, and are very simple to operate. Room-to-room humidifier systems have some disadvantages. They can humidify up to one to two rooms, and require a lot of maintenance (they need the water changed on a daily basis). Changing the water regularly is extremely important because germs and other harmful bacteria love water. Infected water can be blown into your house causing harmful side effects. The Mayo Clinic recommends cleaning the unit thoroughly every three days.
3. Ultra-Violet Lights or Germicidal Lights: This type of unit is installed in the duct works and works double-time to improve the air quality of your house by drastically reducing microorganisms like mold, mildew and other bacteria’s.
4. Media Filter: These types of filters are popular because of their ease of maintenance and the fact that they need less frequent replacement – only about every 6 to 12 months. The thicker pad is around 85% more efficient than a standard one inch filter. They work with standard HVAC systems, and gas, oil and electric forced air systems and help capture microscopic particles like dust and smoke, as well as mold spores and pet dander.
Brothers offers a variety of different brands, makes and models of home humidifiers, and can install any system of your choosing. Call today and schedule an appointment at 303.451.5057. We are offering a Free humidifier with installation of a new furnace which is a $850.00 value.
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