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Furnace Humidifier – the Efficient Way of Keeping Your Indoors Fresh and Warm

man relaxing on couch in humidified home

Managing air quality during dry seasons is more important than you might think. Cranking up the furnace during the cold winter months may seem like the right thing to do to keep a warm and cozy environment, but your heater may also affect the quality of the air circulating in your home. One of the most important aspects to consider when it comes to air quality is humidity, which can be affected by our habits during frigid Ontario winters.

In this post, Don’s Heating & Cooling introduces you to the importance of air humidity at home as well as the advantages of adding a furnace humidifier to your home.


Why Should I Have a Humidifier at Home?

At this point you might be asking yourself: Why should I even care about air humidity in the first place? The problem with dry air is that you don’t usually see the issues related to it immediately, as air humidity tends to drop slowly as seasons change. Experts say that the best indoor relative humidity should be between 30% and 50%.

While dry air may seem like a minor or benign issue to tackle, it can cause multiple complications that could be more difficult to fix than the level of moisture in the ambient air. Some of those issues include:

  • dehydration

  • respiratory illnesses and associated complications

  • damage to your furniture and the structure of your home

  • nosebleeds

  • increase in static electricity

  • dry and/or cracked skin

  • eye irritation


A humidifier’s purpose is to change the humidity levels of the indoor air in your home, which can reduce your family’s chances of experiencing the negative effects of dry air. Typically available as stand-alone units or integrated in your heating system, humidifiers break water into droplets and diffuse a mist in the air to increase moisture.


A Case for Furnace Humidifiers

While stand-alone humidifiers are portable, they tend to not be as effective as furnace humidifiers. These units require their operators to fill a canister that can be depleted quickly. As they only produce a limited mist, they are not as effective at keeping large rooms – or entire homes – comfortable, often requiring multiple units to be purchased to reach the desired level of humidity.

Furnace humidifiers, also called, whole home or ducted humidifiers, are built to moisten the air you have in your house or apartment. Directly connected to your HVAC system, they draw water from your waterline to produce a mist that is sent to your heating and cooling system. Considerably more effective than their stand-alone counterparts on account of being integrated in your existing furnace, they are also far more convenient.  

As they are connected to your home water lines, you will never have to go through the inconvenience of refilling them with water and they automatically use the correct amount of water required to moisten the air. Furnace humidifiers also have the distinct advantage of being able to properly control the humidity levels of all your rooms at the same time instead of having to move your units around or purchase several of them.


Don’s Heating & Cooling: Your Partner in Your Fight Against Dry Air

Consider the air quality in your home – isn’t it worth ensuring it’s the best it can be for you and your family? Now that you are well-equipped with information regarding furnace humidifiers and their advantages, why not take the next step? Reach out to Don’s Heating & Cooling today to schedule your appointment in Orangeville, Alliston, or in the surrounding communities. Let us guide you towards achieving the best indoor air quality, ensuring your home is a haven of comfort and health!


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