Why Do I Need a Humidifier?

Winters in Portland, OR are cold and snowy, and you may be surprised to find that dry air is a persistent problem in your home. ¬†We live in a very rainy part of the world, and in the summer our problem becomes removing moisture, not retaining it. But dry air can do more than just make you uncomfortable. Luckily, there’s a long-term solution available to fix the problem for good: whole-house humidifiers.

Problems Caused by Dry Air

Whenever the relative humidity levels drop below 30% or so, you can start to feel it. Problems associated with that level of humidity can include, but are not limited to , the following:

  • Dry or itchy skin, including chapped lips. In the worst cases, it can even cause the skin to crack.
  • Dried, sinuses, which leave your body more open to germs and colds. (It’s one of the reasons why we often associate winter with colds.)
  • Static electricity, causing painful shocks whenever you walk through the home.
  • Higher monthly bills. Dry air tends to feel cooler than it actually is, which means you’ll need to run the heating system for longer periods of time in order to feel comfortable.

Humidifiers Solve These Issues

The easiest solution to these issues is to simply increase the ambient moisture in the air until it is once more comfortable. A whole-house humidifier is an easy solution. It’s simply a pad or a wick connected to a reservoir. A fan blows across it, sending moisture vapors into the ducts whenever you turn your heating system on. That helps keep your monthly bills low, as well as reducing stress on the heating system and making for a healthier and more comfortable household environment overall.

Give the pros at Clean Air Act, Inc. a call today to install, repair or maintain a whole-house humidifier.


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