A great way to fight against our harsh dry-air winters is with a humidifier. Beyond its ability to soften the biting winter air, and alleviate the pain of dry hair/skin, the moisture they vent out helps to hold heat in the air. This mini greenhouse effect means that your entire heating system can run a little bit more efficiently. In addition, the humidity also prevents damage to surfaces like hardwood floors, which suffer under dry winter air.
Take a little time out of your day to check your humidifier and make sure it’s running smoothly. If the device is empty then fill it with water. Check for leaks and then start the unit. While still monitoring for leaks, confirm that it’s working by starting your furnace heat cycle and adjusting the humidity level to on. Once everything starts up as regular, you’ll want to check that the dampers are open and that water flows over the humidifier’s membrane or into a tray.
In terms of finding a good humidity level, it’s up to personal preference, but as a good rule of thumb we recommend somewhere between 35%-55% humidity. It is worth noting that too much humidity can damage your building, so take care and monitor for any damage if you decide to raise the level above our recommended range.
If you have any questions about preparing your home for winter or other plumbing questions, simply contact us and we’ll see how we can help you.