Dry air in your northern New Jersey home can dramatically lower your indoor air quality. Not only does dry air cause annoying static electricity and make you feel colder, but it can also make it easier for you and your family to contract the flu and other seasonal viruses.

Whole-house humidification can help. Research shows that the flu and other viruses are more stable in cold, dry air. When droplets containing these viruses are exposed to dry air, the moisture surrounding them evaporates quickly, leaving the viruses airborne for longer periods, raising the chances of you and your family becoming infected. In addition, dry air causes the nasal passages to dry out and tiny cracks form, allowing the viruses to adhere and infect more easily.

Keeping your home at the optimum humidity level of 35 to 50 percent can considerably reduce your chances of becoming ill this flu season. Whole-house humidification can make all the difference in your indoor air quality and your health, helping to keep viruses at bay and preventing your skin and nasal passages from drying out.

Other benefits of keeping your home’s humidity level in the optimum range include a dramatic reduction of static electricity, which can wreak havoc on your electronics and your hair and making your home feel warmer at lower thermostat settings, saving you money on energy costs.

A whole-house humidifier works in tandem with your forced-air furnace. It’s hooked up to a water source, and water flows down a panel containing tiny holes through which warm air flows to be humidified before being sent into your home through your ductwork.

A humidistat allows you to control the humidity level in your home, and unlike portable humidifiers, whole-house humidifiers don’t require regular filling and cleaning.

Annual maintenance will keep your whole-house humidification system in top working order and can be done at the same time as your annual furnace tune-up.

For more expert advice about whether whole-house humidification is right for you, please feel free to contact us at Pipe Works Services We proudly serve northern New Jersey with excellence and a high level of customer satisfaction. Our goal is to help educate our customers in Chatham, NJ, and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).

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