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Benefits of a Humidifier in the Fall

As the fall season approaches, you might anticipate crisp air, colorful foliage, and the chance to wear your favorite scarves and boots. However, autumn also comes with a few downsides that can follow you into your home. Specifically, humidity drops as temperatures cool off, and cold fronts start to move in. If you’re concerned about your health and comfort this fall, consider investing in a humidifier.

Reduce Cold and Flu Symptoms

Have you gotten your flu shot yet? Even if you have, you could still develop a cold or catch a new strain of influenza, and the resulting symptoms can leave you miserable for days. Dry air compounds your misery because it dries out your sinuses, throat, and nose. That’s why you might feel better after you take a hot shower or breathe in steam from a mug of tea.

You don’t have to spend your entire illness in the shower or with a cup of tea cradled in your hands, though. A humidifier increases humidity levels throughout your home, which eases your symptoms and helps you breathe easier. While you can buy a portable humidifier for a single room, we recommend whole-home humidifiers because they’re more efficient, and they don’t require human intervention. They become part of your HVAC system, just like your air conditioner and furnace.

Improve Allergy and Asthma Symptoms

Similar to a cold or flu, allergies and asthma can create uncomfortable respiratory symptoms. During the fall, leaves start dropping from trees, and allergies can flare up. Additionally, the chilly air can make breathing difficult for asthma sufferers, even while taking medication.

Whole-home humidifiers help control your symptoms throughout the fall and winter. You might experience less coughing and wheezing because your lungs remain sufficiently lubricated. Additionally, you might not have a constant runny nose or the dreaded sinus congestion that often results from dry air. 

Additionally, whole-home models improve your home’s indoor air quality. They don’t promote bacterial growth like portable units can, and they constantly measure humidity levels to maintain the proper balance. You don’t have to clean whole-home humidifiers like you would portable models, so you can just let them work in the background.

Relieve Skin Discomfort

Dry air doesn’t just impact cold, flu, allergy, and asthma symptoms. It can also make skin disorders more pronounced because your skin needs moisture to heal itself. That’s why you might use more moisturizer and lotion during the fall and winter months. If you have rosacea, eczema, psoriasis, or another skin condition, a whole-home humidifier might help you manage your symptoms more efficiently and effectively.

Additionally, humidifiers can battle simple dry skin. If you notice that your elbows begin to crack or your knuckles become inflamed during the fall, you can blame dry air. While moisturizing products can help, keeping your home more humid offers less hassle. We can install your humidifier during a single visit and keep it running properly during routine maintenance. Plus, you won’t have to haul around a portable unit.

Breathe Easier at Night

Have you ever woken up with an unexplained cough or the need for a glass of water? Maybe you snore more often during the fall and winter, or perhaps you experience overnight nosebleeds. All of these symptoms can be traced back to dry air. While you sleep, your nasal passages, chest, mouth, and throat become progressively drier, which leads to discomfort.

A whole-home humidifier can relieve these symptoms and allow you to sleep peacefully through the night. You don’t have to worry about setting up a portable unit in each family member’s bedroom, nor will you trip over it in the middle of the night since it’s wired into your HVAC system.

Now that fall is fast approaching, don’t risk your health or comfort to dry air. Humidifiers help keep your family comfortable and symptom-free so you can enjoy all of the good things about autumn. If you do not currently have a whole house humidifier, or if you’re interested in updating your current system, contact AJ Danboise to schedule a free in-home estimate by calling 248-477-3626 or by clicking here to use our online service request form.  Our heating & cooling specialists will offer you an estimate for the correct equipment to fully benefit your home at a great value.


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A changing of seasons means an increase of allergies. This is especially true during the spring and summer months. You might be thinking, “why would I use a humidifier in the Summer? Summer days are so hot already!” The air conditioner is likely being used quite a bit, which can be contributing to low humidity in the home. This causes the moisture to be removed from the air, causing the air inside your home to become stale and dry.

 

Chronic dry air can present a number of problems inside of your home:

  • Dry air can cause your sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, leading to nasal complications and making your body more susceptible to infection
  • Dry air also causes itchy skin, eyes and throat.

 

Use a cool mist humidifier during the summer months when pollen and mold counts are at their highest and counteract the effects of air conditioning. Keep your home cool and still maintain the proper amount of humidity!

 

Benefits of a Humidifier

According to the National Institutes of Health, increasing the humidity in your home when you're battling a cold, the flu, or a sinus infection helps moisturize your nasal and throat passages. This helps drain excess mucus so you can breathe more clearly.

When you're fighting a respiratory infection, breathing humidified air can ease the dryness of your bronchial tubes and lungs, making it easier for air to pass through your breathing passages. The American Academy of Pediatrics routinely recommends the use of humidifiers around young children and infants, who may have difficulty clearing breathing passages on their own, to treat upper respiratory infections.

Humidifiers are also effective when used to relieve allergic conditions and ease asthma flare-ups.
Other benefits include:

No more electric shocks when touching doorknobs or electronics. Those annoying static pops can also damage your electronic devices so humidifying the air will keep them safe.

Reduce itchiness and other eczema symptoms. Sometimes eczema outbreaks can be prevented by humidifying the air.

Better looking, healthier skin. Healthy skin needs a minimum of 30 to 40 percent relative humidity.

Less wrinkles. Dried-out skin has more prominent wrinkles. Proper indoor humidity hydrates your skin thus making it appear healthier and less wrinkly.

During summer months, air conditioners can dry out the air throughout a house. Dry air causes the sinuses to become inflamed and swollen, leading to nasal complications. Dry air can also make the eyes itchy and the throat itchy. The summer warmth also encourages the growth of mold spores and pollens, which cause common seasonal allergies. Using your humidifier in the summer will help prevent these issues and give you a chance to enjoy the summer weather without pesky things like allergies getting in the way!

 If your humidifier has stopped working or started leaking, AJ Danboise Heating & Cooling Technicians are trained and experienced on how to deal with any humidifier related issue you may encounter.  AJ Danboise services all makes and models of whole house humidifiers including Trane, Aprilaire, Honeywell, Carrier, Lennox, Bryant, Skuttle, General, Lobb, Autoflo and more.  Scheduling an appointment for service on your whole house humidifier is as easy as one phone call to 248-477-3626, or by clicking here and completing our online service request for service.


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