Beware of Dry Air This Winter

As temperatures fall here in Oregon City, OR, the air becomes drier, which most of us are accustomed to. What’s lessĀ apparent is how that dry air creates issues in your home, and what can be down to help stop those issues. Luckily, you can respond to low humidity levels by installing a whole-house humidifier in your home. But why does that work and what kinds of issues does it fix? We’ve got the breakdown right here.

Low Humidity

When the temperature lowers, the ambient water vapor in the air shifts to liquid form and coalesces into droplets. That’s why dew appears on grass in the morning in the spring and summer. That has the effect of drying out the air during the wintertime when temperatures are lower. Whenever relative humidity levels drop below 30% or so, the air becomes dry enough to pull moisture from our skin and the surrounding furnishings. That can lead to a number of problems, including:

  • Dry itchy skin.
  • Dried sinuses, which can easily lead to increased colds and flu bugs.
  • Increased occurrences of static electricity.
  • Damage to furnishings in your home.
  • A sense that the air is colder that it is, forcing the heating system to work harder and raising your bills accordingly.

Humidifiers to the Rescue

The elegance with a whole-house humidifier is how simple it is: usually just a wick or a pad connected to a reservoir of water with a fan attached to it. By blowing water vapor into your home as the heating system runs, it prevents the proliferation of dry air and the accompanying problems in your home. So long as you keep the reservoir filled and the system maintained, it should provide you with many years of reliable service.

Call Clean Air Act, Inc. to install or repair a humidifier in your home today!

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