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The first sign of winter has arrived, and it’s not the temperature or snow, it’s the dry air.
There’s a certain turning point every year where every time you wake up in the morning your mouth is drier, your lips and skin feel tighter and generally, everything feels a little more uncomfortable. That problem only becomes worse the closer we get to the heart of winter.
As the air gets colder, less and less moisture is held in the air. On top of that, your furnace will be running more often. This can cause your furnace to use up some of the moisture in the air in the process of heating your home, making it even drier inside that out. This quality of air can also be harmful to your health. Low humidity can cause dry skin and nasal passages, promote the growth of bacteria and viruses, cause static electricity, damage your woodwork, and more.
Dryness may be the first sign of winter, but it doesn’t have to be the first sign of discomfort. There are solutions available.
Here are two products offered by Davenport-Campbell that will keep your home at a comfortable humidity during the colder months:
Heat Recovery Ventilators/Energy Recovery Ventilators
HRVs and ERVs are used to exchange stale air from inside your home with the air from outside; which is much fresher, provides your house with ventilation, and controls humidity levels within your home.
The main difference between the two is that ERVs can be used year round, whereas HRVs are just for the winter.
In the winter though, either of these systems will also trap more humidity inside your home when exchanging heat through the ventilation system. This can help regulate the humidity levels while also keeping your air fresher and healthier.
Whole-home humidifiers are a type of humidifier that attaches directly to your furnace. They offer a consistent humidity to your whole home directly from the source of your forced air system.
They’re more efficient and more effective than portable humidifiers, so you and your family will be healthier and more comfortable all winter long.
Either of these two solutions will do a great deal for your indoor air quality, but if you want the most consistent comfort levels in your home, you can use both.
If you’re interested or have any questions about products that can protect you from the dry winter air, click here to get in touch us.