Everything You Should Know About Humidifying Your Home

The air humidity in your home can have a huge effect on your health and well-being. Poor humidity levels have been linked to conditions as varied as the following:

  • Respiratory problems (such as asthma).
  • Dry skin (which can cause itching, sore and raw skin, and unappealing flakes).
  • Chapped, painful lips.
  • Dry, dead looking hair that has a tendency to frizz.
  • Nose bleeds. (The air dries out your nostrils, which can cause nose bleeds. This is especially a problem if you have a cold.)
  • Dehydration – you will have to drink more water to deal with the effects of the dry air.

Dry air can also have a negative effect on your possessions and home. Too little humidity can cause your wood furniture and floors to dry out and become brittle.

If you don’t have the good fortune to live in a humid place (like Vancouver) you should consider installing a humidifier. At Premier Heating and Cooling Systems, we can install a humidifier as part of your central heating and cooling system. This will keep your home at the optimal humidity level all year long.

How Does a Humidifier Work? 

  • The humidifier has the ability to sense humidity levels in the house, much like the way a heating and cooling system can sense temperature levels.
  • The control will add water vapor to the circulated air when the air becomes too dry for human and animal comfort.

Essentially, a humidifier will maintain the optimal moisture level in the air for your day-to-day comfort. If having a humidifier installed in your home is something that you are interested in, give us a call today. We would love explaining how the humidifier works in more detail. We are always happy to give you a free estimate of the cost and a more detailed explanation of the installation process.

Natural Gas and Electric Fireplaces: Cozy and Safe

There’s something about a crisp fall day or a snowy landscape that calls for the warmth and hospitality of a fireplace. The old-fashioned quality of the flickering light, the hypnotizing warmth and flames – we all yearn for the hearth on cold days. However, in today’s environmentally conscious world, wood fireplaces can be a hassle.

A good, environmentally friendly solution is the natural gas or electric fireplace. No smoke; no dealing with wood storing and collecting; and all of the positive elements you associate with a fireplace.

Benefits

Less Mess!

When you dream of a fireplace, you don’t imagine the smell of smoke; the constant accumulation of ashes and residue; the cleaning of the fireplace and removal of coal; and the storing of wood and resulting splinters and chips. Natural gas and electric fireplaces allow you to have the vision without the hassle.

Safety

If you have kids or animals, a natural gas fireplace is a great alternative to a wood fireplace. Young children are drawn to fire, and keeping them away from a fire that emits sparks flame is a constant hassle. Animals are also drawn to the fire, and may venture too close. With a natural gas or electric fireplace, all you have to worry about is the potential temperature risks (similar to a heater).

Health

If a family member or guest as asthma, allergies, or other health conditions related to air quality, a natural gas or electric fireplace is a great alternative to wood. The fine particles released in the air by wood smoke can aggravate lung conditions, affect breathing, and produce a smell that is distasteful to some people. Natural gas and electric fireplaces are safe for people with health conditions.

Environmentally Friendly

If you choose an electric fireplace, it will be non-polluting. Natural gas fireplaces use a finite resource, but they also produce far less particulate matter. Additionally, when wood fireplaces emit carbon, that carbon ends up in atmosphere. Heating will also be better retained in the home with a natural gas or electric fireplace, as heat is not lost through the chimney.

Call Premier Heating and Cooling today for a free estimate. We will install your new natural gas or electric fireplace hassle free. We know you and your guests will enjoy your new fireplace, and so will the environment.