Benefits Of A Humidifier
A good humidity level during the winter months will make your home comfortable and allow you to use a lower thermostat setting, resulting in added fuel savings. An efficient humidifier is one of the best investments you can make for greater winter comfort.
The basic principle is regarding humidity is that the warmer the air, the more moisture it can hold. Therefore some people question the value of adding humidity to inside air when the weatherperson is reporting high humidity outside. However, when cooler outside air is heated, the humidity level drops drastically if no moisture is added.
An example: If the outside temperature is 0 degrees and the outside relative humidity is 80%, the same air, brought inside and heated to 70 degrees will have a relative humidity of less than 5%.
The unpleasant “muggy “ days you experience in summer months are the result of too much humidity. Too little humidity can also feel unpleasant in the form of fatigue and dry skin. A humidifier will help alleviate these problems. It will also help protect wood floors, doors and home furnishings.
Your humidifier is controlled automatically with your furnace. It will operate only when furnace is circulating air through the duct system.
Note: When the power humidifier is installed in an dry house, it will take from three to six weeks to bring the humidity in the house up to the desired level. This is because walls, carpeting, furniture, draperies, etc., all must absorb the humidity first.
The use of fireplaces also contributes considerably to the loss of household humidity. Be sure to the fireplace damper is in the closed position and sealed properly when not in use.
Maintenance for the Humidifier
Clean and flush any salt accumulation in pan and housing. Ordinary household vinegar can be helpful in loosening the accumulations. Inspect the evaporation pad carefully. Determine whether or not it is clogged with accumulated salt deposits which will restrict the flow or air through the pad. Replacement is usually necessary with each season. During the summer turn off the controls and power.
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