Do you feel like you are struggling to breathe at night? Is your skin dry no matter how much lotion you use? If so, you may be suffering because winter heating dries out the air in your home. Having a whole home humidifier installed could greatly improve your enjoyment of your home.

You Will Be More Comfortable

Dry sinuses and skin are certainly uncomfortable sensations. If you have allergies or asthma, then breathing dry air all day and night can make those conditions even worse. You can make the effort to drink lots of water, but even this will only go so far. As the heater continues to run, and the relative humidity drops below 30%, you are going to feel the difference no matter how much water you drink. You can mitigate this problem by using a single-room humidifier, but you only spend part of your time in the same room as the humidifier.

Worse, your indoor dry air could actually make you sick. Many cold and flu bugs thrive in the dry air in the winter, contributing to the increase in infections at this time of year. Since the bedroom is not the only place you could get infected by a bug another family member brought home, your single-room humidifier will not be sufficient for this purpose. A whole home humidifier will help keep your body healthy throughout the winter.

It Is Better For Your Home

You invested a lot of time and money into making your home look great, and you should do what you need to in order to protect it. Your body was not designed to live in a completely dry environment, and neither were many of the items in your home. Anything made of wood will suffer because of the dryness, as will paint, furniture and electronics. All these products were designed to exist in an environment that contains a reasonable amount of humidity. Take away that humidity and your home furnishings will start to break down more quickly than they should. Again, only humidifying a single room won't do much for your home. A whole home humidifier is the best way to protect your investment.


Portable humidifiers represent a significant time investment. In addition to moving them to where they are most needed, a portable humidifier must be cleaned and refilled every day or two. This is fine if you need something right now, but it is a tougher sell if you need something that will work for you in the long run. Worse, you have to do this daily maintenance for every room that requires a humidifier. Ask yourself: how much work are you willing to do on a daily basis to keep your home comfortable?

In contrast, once you have had your whole home humidifier installed, there is little you need to do. The thermostat checks the humidity levels in your home and adjusts as necessary. The unit itself pulls water from your plumbing, so you do not need to fill it every day, and the filters only need to be cleaned once or twice a year. You might even find a reduction in your energy bill. While it does take some energy to run the humidifier, dry air feels colder than it really is. A whole home humidifier might allow you to remain perfectly comfortable while turning down your thermostat by a few degrees.

In the end, a whole home humidifier is simply a good investment. You will have to pay a little bit up front for the unit and installation, but it will pay you dividends for years to come in the form of lower energy bills, increased comfort and protected furnishings. Contact an HVAC company in your area for more information.