Here in the Michiana region, we're no strangers to freezing cold winters during which our heating systems are frequently running. While our furnaces and radiant heaters keep us warm, the unfortunate downside is that they also dry out our indoor air, sending humidity levels plummeting. This can cause a number of problems, like itchy skin and eyes, dry skin and nasal passages, scratchy throats, chapped lips, and even cold and flu symptoms.
In addition to the physical symptoms, low indoor humidity can cause expensive things in your home to dry out and become damaged, such as wood floors, furniture, or musical instruments. That’s why you need a solution that will provide your home with an adequate amount of humidity without the danger of flooding and mold damage. The solution is a whole-home dehumidifier installed inside of your HVAC system.
By keeping your indoor humidity levels in check, you can protect your health and your home. Call Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning now at (574) 498-7556 to ask about whole-house humidifier installation in South Bend and the surrounding areas.
The Many Benefits of Whole-House Humidifiers
Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning can install a whole-house humidifier in your existing heating and cooling system, bringing you improved indoor air quality, better health, and protection of your valuable items.
In addition, a humidifier will protect you from:
- Fire risk from dry wood and fabric
- Damaged wood floors and furniture
- Static buildup on fabrics and carpets
- Energy loss and high HVAC system operating costs
- Allergies and illness
- Uncomfortable physical symptoms
How Humidifiers Help Minimize Illness from Airborne Viruses
Did you know that most viruses have the same basic needs as us? They survive better in temperatures and humidity levels that we find comfortable. You may wonder why in Michiana, it seems people get sick more during the winter months. The reason is simple: the air, especially inside, is much drier. This dry air causes our throats and nasal passages to become dry and crack, providing an immediate pathway for viruses to enter our systems. Installing a humidifier can prevent the physical symptoms that make it easier for viruses to take hold and make you ill.
Humidifiers May Help You Save Energy, Too!
If all of that doesn’t convince you, then consider the fact that moisture in the air increases the temperature you “feel”. We find most people are able to lower the temperature in their home and still be comfortable, saving them more on their gas bill than the cost of the humidifier!
Interested in adding a humidifier to your HVAC system? Contact Great Lakes Heating & Air Conditioning online or call (574) 498-7556 today!
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We are having trouble getting cool air upstairs in our two story home, what can I do to make the upstairs more comfortable?A comfortable main floor and a warm second floor is a common complaint with central air conditioning systems. This temperature variation is caused by the fact that cool air is heavy. Heavy air requires more effort to move, especially upwards. Your furnace fan has to work much harder to get the air up two stories. Additionally, cool air, unlike warm air, tends to fall, so that once you actually manage to get the air upstairs, it will naturally fall back to the first floor. Don’t despair, there are some things that you can do. Make sure your furnace fan is on the highest possible setting. Most furnaces installed today will have a multi-speed, direct drive fan motor. Have your service contractor check to make sure that the highest speed is being used for air conditioning. If your fan motor has belts and pulleys, check with your contractor about installing a larger pulley. Adjust the balancing on your ductwork to force as much cool air upstairs as possible. If your ductwork is accessible from your basement, and has dampers installed in each of the supply air runs, make sure the dampers for the upper floor are fully open. You can also close any dampers for rooms on the first floor that do not get much use, or are very small. Some examples may be a powder room, formal living or dining room. You should keep the dampers fully open for the kitchen and the main living or family area. If the ductwork is not accessible, or doesn’t have any dampers, don’t despair. You can balance the air flow by opening and closing the dampers in the supply air registers. If you cannot get a register closed, we have been told that covering the register with a telephone book works well. Don’t forget to re-balance the ductwork system when you switch over to heating. During the heating system you want most of the warm air delivered to the first floor, it will rise on its own to the second floor. Use fans to help move cooler air. Placing a large fan at the top of the stairway can help to draw the cooler air up. A ceiling fan installed on the second floor can also be a big improvement. Check the return air grills. Make sure they are clean. Consider installing “High Wall” return air grills on the second floor. High wall return air grills are installed near the ceiling, not near the floor. This enables the furnace to draw the warmest air from the top of the house back into the system. Your service contractor can give you more information and let you know if it is possible to install high wall grills on your system.