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The Benefits of Humidity

The cozy warmth of your home is an essential requirement when you live in the cold Alberta climate. However, by continually recycling the air in your home you can lose necessary humidity which can lead to a wide range of problems. Forced-air central heating systems reheat the air in your home and recirculate the same air multiple times throughout the day. Typically, this causes the air in your home to become dry and this can be both uncomfortable and unhealthy. This becomes more obvious in the winter months due to your heating system having to run more often. As moisture helps to prevent the movement of germs, a whole-home humidifier can help keep your air clean and therefore better your health. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of having the proper level of humidity in your home.

Installing a furnace humidifier or investing in a whole-house humidifier will allow you to breathe easily once again and make your home’s air more comfortable. Once your home is brought to the ideal moisture level, you will notice a significant improvement in the comfort of your living space. If you notice that you are experiencing irritated eyes, a dry nose, skin and/or throat, or suffer from indoor allergies, you may benefit from adding more humidity to your home. If your home’s humidity level is low, the air will draw humidity from wood, plants and your skin. This can lead to dry skin and a cold feeling because sweat is evaporating off your skin and causes you to feel cold. Allergy sufferers often notice that even a short period of time spent in excessively dry air can exacerbate their symptoms. Indoor air that is too dry can cause irritated nasal membranes and even sinus headaches, leading to discomfort. Furthermore, if you or anyone in your family suffers from asthma, excessively dry air can trigger an attack.

Beyond eliminating dry skin and sinus discomfort, a whole-home humidifier can significantly reduce static electricity in your home. In addition, maintaining proper moisture levels will also help protect wood surfaces by preventing peeling or cracking. As an added bonus, by investing in a whole-home humidifier to maintain the correct humidity levels in your home you will actually feel warmer, even if the thermostat is set at the same temperature as normal. With the warmer feeling of the air, thermostats can be lowered, thus conserving energy and saving you money on your heating bills. Want to try this out? Put the palm of your hand near your mouth and lightly blow air against your hand. It feels cool, correct? But why, when your body temperature is 98.6°F does your breath not feel warm? It’s because as the water evaporates off your skin it feel cold! This is the same approach taken as when you raise the humidity of the air in your home – your home can actually feel warmer, without having to raise your thermostat – one of the key benefits of humidity.

Indoor plants will benefit from an increase in humidity.
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If you have a green thumb, your indoor plants will also benefit from an increase in humidity. Plants such as aloe vera or Gerber daisies are natural air purifiers but only if they are getting the moisture they need. A whole-home humidifier will allow your houseplants to thrive during the Canadian winter, thereby positively impacting your indoor air quality. 

While portable humidifiers are common, they provide only localized relief. Unless you move the unit around from room to room or have multiple humidifiers in your home, you will not benefit from the extra humidity they can provide. Whole-house humidifiers offer numerous benefits including creating comfort throughout the whole home, not just in a few select rooms. Also they operate much more quietly than portable appliances, which is a bonus.

If you’ve noticed that your home is quite dry lately, especially since your furnace is running more often during these cold winter months in Alberta, a humidifier may be the perfect solution. By raising the humidity level in your home you can actually feel warmer, be more healthy and comfortable, all while saving money on your heating costs – all of which are great benefits of humidity!

Contact Ignite Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd. today to find out more about improving your indoor air quality with a whole-home humidifier. Call (780) 919-4916 today. Your comfort is our concern!

Why We Remember

Remembrance Day is a day in which we remember all those who fought and died in the line of duty to keep us free.

November 11th, Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed by Canadians and members of the Commonwealth since the end of the First World War. A day in which we remember all those who fought and died in the line of duty to keep us free. Every year on November 11th, Canadians pause in a moment of silence and flags are lowered to honour and remember more than 2 million Canadians who have served, and continue to serve, Canada during times of war, conflict, and peace.

Remembrance Day was first observed in 1919 throughout the British Commonwealth and was originally called Armistice Day. Until 1930, Armistice Day was held on the Monday of the week in which November 11 fell In 1931 a bill was introduced to observe Armistice Day only on November 11th, and to change the name to Remembrance Day. The first Remembrance Day was observed on November 11, 1931.

Every year on November 11th, the official Canadian national ceremonies are held at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ontario. A service is held and armed services representatives lay down wreaths. Church, school and community services are held across Canada, which often include the playing of “The Last Post”, a reading of “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae, and two minutes of silence at 11:00am.

The most well known symbol associated with Remembrance Day is the poppy due to the poem “In Flanders Fields” by Canadian physician Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae. At first real poppies were worn, but now people wear replica poppies. The bright red colour symbolizes the blood spilled in the wars. By remembering the service and sacrifice of those Canadians who served in the wars, we recognize the freedom that they fought to preserve. We must take time today to remember that sacrifice.

Why a poppy? Watch “In Flanders Fields” by John McCrae.

Garage Heater: The Next Best Thing To AC

Many people don’t pay much attention to their garage in the winter. It’s a place to keep the car free of snow and ice and it’s also the catchall for any item that doesn’t have a place inside the house. However, the garage can provide valuable residential space! It can be used as a workshop, hobby space, workout area, or just hang out space. Your garage can also be used to ensure that your car will not only be protected from the snow but also the freezing cold temperatures. However, if you live in Alberta the garage can get pretty cold in the winter – unless, of course, you have a garage heater.

By increasing the garage temperature, you now have usable space for household projects or a hobby. Even if you don’t want to use the garage as extra workspace, installing a garage heater can help your car get through the winter. Not only is nice to get into a warm car, but it’s also easier to start a vehicle when the temperature is above freezing. Also there’s no need to have to use an engine block heater if your car is toasty warm in the garage. That, in turn, helps the engine in your car to run more smoothly in the cold weather.

I find garage heaters go along the same lines as air conditioners. It is one of those things homeowners don’t think much of until they experience it at someone else’s place, and then they can’t imagine living without it! Are you ready to have your homeowner’s dream day and install heat in your own garage? Give Ignite Heating a call at (780) 919-4916 today to schedule your free quote for a new garage heater. We can answer any questions you may have about garage heaters. Contact us today. At Ignite Heating and Air Conditioning, your comfort is our concern!

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