Does the winter flu and cold season get you down? Do seasonal allergies reduce you to little more than a high-volume sneeze machine? If you answered yes to one or both of these questions, you have come to the right place for help because we are going to look at the importance of proper humidification and indoor air quality (IAQ) during the winter months.
Let’s just start with this: Your home’s air will dry out if not properly humidified and this will happen quicker during winter, when the home is often closed, and the furnace is on. Low humidity issues result in those lovely shocks you get when you walk across the room and touch something (like your unsuspecting spouse). It can also result to warping and other damage to wood floors, cabinets and furniture. An easy way to combat humidity issues is to install whole home humidifier to your HVAC system. It will help maintain a constant humidity level, which should be in the 35-55 percent range in the winter. Your friends at Mast Heating & Cooling – which has provided quality service to the Grand Rapids, Holland, Zeeland and surrounding communities since 1956 – have a complete line of Trane and Aprilaire humidifiers which can solve your humidity regulation issues quickly.
Humidifiers will also make sure that while some moisture is being pumped into your home, it will not be too damp. High humidity levels can spawn an outbreak of mold spores, which is one of the culprits behind poor IAQ, allergies and accompanying sneezing fits. A nice companion to your whole home humidifier is an air purification system, and we offer some top-of-the line models from Trane as well. Another poor IAQ solution is ultraviolet (UV) lights which quickly kill germs or other contaminants. Our professionals can also perform IAQ testing, which will help us quickly determine if your family is breathing clean, germ-free air.
Ductless heating systems also help cut down on the amount of allergens and contaminants in your home, because there is no highway (ducts) for them to travel on. Ask us about our Fujitsu mini-split systems and the advantages of ductless. And no matter what else you do, don’t forget to regularly change your system’s air filter. This should be done at least every two months, and it doesn’t hurt to even replace it every month!
So, don’t let your body turn into a non-stop sneezing machine: call Mast today and let us help you get your home’s humidity levels and IAQ in a healthy place this winter. And while you are at it, please like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!