Most of the time when you hear about humidifiers, it’s because they make the people in your home more comfortable. That’s absolutely true; a humidifier can help soothe dry skin and chapped lips and reduce those pesky static shocks. But there’s another critical reason your home needs a humidifier: to protect your home against dry Montgomery and Fredrick County winters.
During the summer months the humidity level in an air conditioned home is around 50%. In the winter that humidity level can drop to 15% unless you have a humidifier. The moisture is getting pulled out of everything! That’s why your skin gets dry. But that’s not the only place that loses moisture. Wood in particular is very susceptible to drying and cracking during the winter months. In fact, one of our customers called us to install a humidifier after they ran into an issue. They just moved into a beautiful, expensive home and did a number of renovations. The owner heard a sound he thought was a gunshot; a loud crack! that scared the daylights out of him. On further inspection, he found that the massive oak doors he’d just had installed had become too dry and split right down the middle, wasting his investment. We have also have had to install a humidifier for a friend after they bought a pricey new all-wood coffee table. They didn’t have a humidifier, and in a matter of weeks, it developed a massive crack down the middle. These homes were so dry that the air pulled moisture in these wood furnishings destroying the investment. So, if you have nice wooden furniture, antiques or even trim work or bead boarding in your home, buying a humidifier is a sound investment.
Homes of the last 10-15 years are built tighter than the homes that were built in the 50’s and 60’s. If you live in an older home that hasn’t been updated with new doors, windows or insulation, a humidifier may not be able to keep up with all the cold dry air that is infiltrating through the gaps in the home. What’s a homeowner to do?
- If you live in an older home with original windows, consider having them replaced. Over time drafts develop, glass grows thin and brittle and the windows just can’t do their job. Swap them out for new double-insulated panes that will reduce the drafts.
- Basements are notorious for letting in drafts, especially if you have bay windows. Do you ever notice cobwebs gathering in the basement? You don’t have a spider problem, you have a draft problem that pulls dust into cobwebs. Use a spray sealer like Great Stuff to create a stronger barrier and keep those drafts at bay.
- Get that humidifier. Once you’ve done all you can to insulate your home, we can help you figure out which humidification system is right for you. We can help you with everything from a whole-house humidifier to an effective steam humidifier.
Keeping your home at a pleasant humidity helps your family and your home. Don’t risk either—contact GAC Cooling & Heating today, and we’ll help you with all your HVAC needs in Montgomery and Frederick County.