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- By James Wisler
Okay, okay, I know what you’re thinking… why would you install a humidifier on an HVAC unit?
Humidity affects our comfort levels significantly. A person in a particular part of the country might sit in 110-degree weather and be completely comfortable because there’s zero humidity. Or maybe they live in an area with some humidity, and it’s 110 degrees, but it’s tolerable in the shade.
There are many reasons it can be suitable for a home, too.
When it’s hot, the humidity can start making us feel sticky and sweaty. But there’s not much humidity in winter, so the air can feel bone dry and cold.
HVAC contractors pay attention to this when they enter your home and design your HVAC system or unit to achieve the ideal humidity range. (Between 25 and 45 percent.)
Here are three reasons why you may want to add a humidifier to your HVAC unit:
It helps the doors shut a little easier.
When the air is dry as a bone in the winter months, you may notice that your doors don’t close as easily as they used to. It is because dry air causes the wood in the door frames to contract, making it difficult for the doors to close properly.
But when you add a humidifier to your HVAC unit, you can help keep the air at a comfortable level of humidity, preventing the door frames from drying out and contracting.
It stops gaps from forming in the cabinets.
Another side effect of dry winter air is that it can cause gaps to form in your cabinets. That happens because the wood contracts as it dries out, and when there’s nothing left to fill those gaps, so they become quite noticeable.
A humidifier will help prevent this by keeping the air and wood moist.
It stops the trim from gapping and spreading apart.
Another problem caused by dry air is gapping and spreading of the trim. That happens when the wood dries out and shrinks, causing the trim to loosen slowly.
A humidifier will help prevent this by keeping the air moist and stopping the wood from drying out and shrinking.
Ready to take the next step? Add that humidifier to your heating and air conditioning unit. Give us a call at Wisler Plumbing and Air at (540) 483-9382.