Do you dread running your furnace in the winter because it dries out the air in your home? While most people consider dry air to simply be annoying, it can increase the rate at which you and your family suffer respiratory infections by drying out your respiratory system and it can cause frequent nosebleeds in some people. Dry air can also be damaging to your furniture and to the inside of your home; hardwood flooring and wooden furniture can split when the surrounding air is too dry. That means it's a serious problem that is worthy of attention. The quickest and least expensive way to stop your furnace from drying out your home is to contact an HVAC contractor and install a bypass humidifier; these humidifiers attach to the furnace in your home in order to humidify dry outside air before it is blown through your home and will quickly return your home to a comfortable level of humidity.
Your Furnace Slowly Dries Out Your Home Much Like A Clothes Dryer
The primary reason why running your furnace makes the air in your home uncomfortably dry is that hot air holds much more moisture than the cooler air outside. As an example, your clothes dryer uses this property to remove moisture from your clothes; the warm air absorbs moisture on your clothes and then is driven out the exhaust vent on your dryer. When you're running your furnace, the same action is occurring all over your home on a smaller scale. The warm air that holds a lot of moisture will rise and escape through cracks in your windows and attic while your furnace pulls in dry, cool air from outside to continue operating. Over time, this can drive the humidity inside your home down to uncomfortable levels.
One Solution Is To Upgrade The Energy Efficiency Of Your Home
If you increase the energy efficiency of your home, whether by installing new window frames or new types of insulation such as spray foam insulation, you'll decrease the amount of humid air that escapes your home and also decrease the amount of drier cold air that your furnace needs to pull in from outside your home. This has the beneficial side effect of lowering the amount of money you spend on heating and cooling costs.
Unfortunately, this can be expensive and time-consuming. If the dry air in your home is damaging your furniture or causing your family to suffer from nosebleeds, you want a solution that is immediately effective, and installing a bypass humidifier is a quick and inexpensive way to immediately increase the humidity level in your home and make it more comfortable for you and your family.
Installing A Bypass Humidifier Is A Quick And Easy Way To Make Your Home Comfortable
A bypass humidifier attaches to your existing furnace; when your furnace draws in cold, dry air from outside, the air is first run through the humidifier before being blown into your home. Since the humidifier relies on your existing furnace for power, it will not add to your energy bill and is practically maintenance-free. All you have to do is periodically check the water level in the humidifier to make sure that it is not running too low; if you have hard water, you'll also have to clean the ducts on the humidifier every year in order to keep it operating smoothly.
Installing a bypass humidifier is an inexpensive way to stop your furnace from drying out the air in your home and make it uncomfortable to live in. In order to install your new bypass humidifier, you'll want to contact a qualified HVAC contractor.