Winters in the Niagara Region are among the harshest in Canada. Snowy, blustery, cold winter days with long, even colder nights that put Dante’s 9th circle to shame. To keep up with the cold and to keep your home warm, heating systems are running a wintery marathon. It’s dry inside and outside, resulting in a season of chapped lips, static electricity and dry throats. Ew!
Why should I humidify?
Because the Niagara Region’s cold air cannot hold as much moisture as warm air, the relative humidity in your home can get too low and cause health issues, furniture and flooring damage, along with taking a toll on your heating bills.
1. For Your Health
According to Bloomberg Business, the most efficient way to combat dry air and reduce your susceptibility to infection is to invest in an air humidifier. The dry air can cause irritating congestion and sinusitis, but a humidifier will add moisture back into the air, helping to keep your nasal passages moisturized. This also helps with those pesky nosebleeds, respiratory infections and combating seasonal allergies and viruses.
Your skin can also suffer from the dry air. If you’re an eczema or psoriasis sufferer, a humidifier can help keep your skin from drying out, which can further irritate skin issues. Bloomberg Business also says to help dry skin, sleep with a humidifier running through the night and wake up to a fresh, supple-looking face.
2. For Your Heating Bill
Let’s face it, heating your home in the Niagara Region can be brutal on your wallet. But, there’s hope! Moist air feels warmer than dry air, so while your body can feel “chilled” even at higher thermostat settings due to the dry conditions, adding a humidifier can actually make you feel warmer at a lower temperature. In a home with an equalized natural gas bill of $150 per month, lowering the temperature by just 1° could amount to $180 per year in energy savings!
3. For Your Home Decor
Your home is your haven. You’ve invested in gorgeous wood flooring and furniture, gorgeous color palettes painted on the walls and maybe some wallpaper to add a little flair. And then it happens. The wood starts to split, the paint and wallpaper begin to peel, and you are left with a choice: staring at cracks in your décor every day or trying to figure out how to finance the remodeling. Or you avoid it altogether. That’s right, a humidifier can help your wooden furniture, flooring and wall fashion retain their beauty for years by keeping your home and everything that resides in it hydrated.
4. For Your Marriage
You are in love with your spouse, but sometimes after a long day, you crawl into bed ready to re-engergize yourself with a good night’s sleep, and you hear it: snoring. A humidifier could help with that, too! Since snoring can be caused by dry sinuses and throats, or that pesky congestion that just won’t stay away during the winter, a humidifier creates a moist environment, hydrating the sinuses, which could result in a better night’s sleep for both of you.
Ok, you get it. You should humidify. Where to start?
There are five important factors to consider when deciding to add a humidifier to your home:
1. How will you control the humidifier?
2. Which style of humidifier will you use?
3. What type of heating system do you have in your home?
4. What is the correct capacity for my home?
5. Who will I choose to install it, and how will they guarantee it works properly?
Niagara Home Services by Enercare here in the Niagara Region would like to help. We have the tools, the training, and the experience to make sure that your home humidity needs are met for the the Niagara Region weather. We know your climate, we understand how your home is built, and we have a full range of humidification products to choose from that will ensure your total home comfort and humidity needs are met. The process is simple. Contact us for a no-charge, no obligation, in-home consultation. We will assess your needs, measure your home, look at your existing system and then provide an expert recommendation from our extensive line of products. We are here to help, so let’s get through this the Niagara Region cold together.