Choosing a Humidifier: Keep your home comfortable with the proper humidifier selection

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Aimee Oscamou
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Our home's heating system is extremely dry but I have had very bad luck with humidifiers (neither of the two previous humidifiers we had lasted more than a year). Can you provide some guidance for choosing a humidifier?
 

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Its not the humidifiers fault for having difficulties in longevity or performance.  Its the home leaking air.

During the winter months your home looses its moisture to the dry air outside. As this happens we try to increase this moisture level by putting in these units.

They do save money by making us feel warmer with additional moisture in the air, but they also can contribute to mold and poor indoor air quality if they are left to run all the time in an effort to keep the house moist. 

You need to look further into your homes performance.  A professional home energy audit can help you find where the air is leaking out from and show you ways not only to stop this loss of moisture that you need, but to lower your overall heating expenses as well.

Locate a BPI home energy audit professional and get a performance evaluation done.  This will save you money, increase your comfort and help solve your dry home concerns., 

http://www.bpi.org/homeowners.aspx

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