No matter what the season, where you live or the age of your home – your indoor air quality has an important impact on your health and comfort. Aprilaire has a family of products that are designed to provide you with the best indoor air possible. Breathe easier today, be more comfortable tonight!
Whole Home Humidification
- Provide total comfort: Aprilaire whole-home humidifiers provide maximum comfort throughout your entire home. Say goodbye to dry skin and that unnecessary chill!
- Protect your family’s health: By keeping your sinuses and airways moist, you reduce the potential for bacteria and viruses to enter your body. Aprilaire humidifiers are proven most effective at providing optimum levels of humidity.
- Preserve your home and furnishings: Aprilaire humidifiers help keep your home humidity at optimum levels, maintaining the value and extending the life of your home and furnishings.
- Eliminate static electricity: Adding moisture to the air reduces electrical charges, helping to eliminate these annoyances and protect your electronics.
What do I need for MY home?
Indoor air quality needs can differ by the region you live in, the type and age of your home and more. For example, newer homes tend to be more tightly constructed leading to higher energy efficiencies. However, because of this, odors and indoor pollutants tend to build up inside your home. Mechanical ventilation along with a whole-home air cleaning system can help alleviate the problems associated with newer, tighter home building methods and construction.The type or style of home can also impact your indoor air quality. Homes that are built with expansive windows often suffer from hot and cold spots. A zone control system can help alleviate temperature variations throughout your home, making you and your family comfortable in every room. Papalia Plumbing & Heating are uniquely qualified to determine what you may need in YOUR home.
Keeping your home’s humidity levels in check can significantly improve the healthfulness and comfort of your home.
When it comes to feeling comfortable in your home, the old saying “it’s not the heat (or cold) – it’s the humidity” rings true. Other than ambient temperature, nothing affects a body’s perception of comfort more than the humidity level. And there’s a fairly narrow range between what is considered “too much” and “too little” of it.
Industry experts state that keeping your home’s humidity between 30-60% can help reduce the effects of many unwanted conditions. Excess humidity or too little humidity can not only lead to an unhealthy home but also cause permanent damage to your home and belongings.
Too Little Humidity
- You experience chronic physical symptoms such as sore throats, dry/itchy skin, nose bleeds or sinus irritation.
- Your home’s wood floors are shrinking and cracking. Joints in wood furniture are becoming loose or failing.
- Annoying and sometimes painful static shocks are common occurrences.
- Your thermostat is cranked up, as is your energy bill, but you still feel cold.
- Your piano and other musical instruments are falling out of tune.
Too Much Humidity
- Your skin often feels clammy, sweaty or sticky.
- Musty-smelling odors are invading your living space.
- Wood floors, trim or wood furniture is warping or rotting, paint is peeling.
- Condensation, frost or ice have formed on the inside surface of your windows. Water pipes are “sweating”.
- Damp spots, or worse, mold and mildew have formed on ceilings or walls.
- Your allergies or asthma have gotten worse due to the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites.
What You Can Do to Treat the Symptoms
- Use ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms when in use
- Cover dirt floor crawlspaces under your house with plastic to act as a vapor barrier.
- Check to make sure your dryer is vented to the outside. Don’t dry wet clothes on drying racks in the house. Air-dry them outdoors if possible.
- Ensure air conditioning drip pans are clean and drain lines unobstructed.
- Fix any water leaks in pipes, toilets, showers, etc.