Warm air holds more moisture than cold air, which is why conditions are dryer in the winter. Some climates are drier than others as well. If you live at a high altitude, then your air is drier than at low altitudes.
Overall, California has an arid climate, so you may have air that’s too dry inside your home. This is especially true in the winter. You can have an indoor air quality specialist check your indoor air to know if you should have a home humidifier. Even if you don’t have allergies or asthma, you’ll want to consider the benefits of having a humidifier.
Alleviate Respiratory Symptoms
Respiratory health conditions, such as asthma, allergies, colds, and the flu, can cause your sinuses to dry out. Low humidity levels exasperate existing respiratory conditions. A humidifier helps soothe your irritated sinuses.
It can alleviate:
- Sore throats
- Irritated noses
- Nose bleeds
- Dry cough
- Sinus headaches
Moisturize Your Skin
Dry air can suck out the moisture from your skin. A low indoor humidity level could be the reason behind your dry skin, dry eyes, and cracked lips. You’ll experience an improvement in your skin’s hydration by maintaining an appropriate indoor humidity level.
Protect Wood in Your Home
Wood cracks when the humidity is too low. If you have any wood items in your home, it becomes more important for you to keep the humidity above 30%. We recommend a humidity of at least 35% for protecting wood floors.
Decrease the Spread of Illnesses
Many types of viruses, including the cold and flu, spread more easily in low humidity. By maintaining a healthy indoor humidity level, you reduce your chance of falling ill.
Gatewood Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. is an HVAC company that provides indoor air quality services in addition to heating and cooling. We sell humidifiers and dehumidifiers to ensure you maintain the perfect humidity level in your home. It’s not just the outdoor temperature and humidity that affects your indoor air. The structure of your home plays a role too.
Contact Gatewood Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. to learn more about installing a humidifier.