Bitter, bone-chilling cold isn’t something that happens during winter in Southern California, although we can expect a few somewhat chilly days when it’ll be necessary to turn on our home heaters. But one trouble that we sometimes encounter during the winter season is dry air. Low humidity is often welcome during the heat of summer, but it can become a major issue during the rest of the year. We sometimes advise our clients to schedule the installation of a whole-house humidifier before the winter weather begins, which can benefit them in a number of ways.
- Better comfort in cool weather: The same way that low humidity helps people stay cool in warm weather, high humidity helps them stay warm in cool weather. Very dry aid adds an unpleasant edge to the cold, but higher levels of moisture slow down the loss of heat from the body through perspiration, which make the temperature feel warmer than it is.
- Lower heating bills: If people feel warmer thanks to balanced humidity, it will mean less need to run the heater during the winter, resulting in money savings.
- Less spread of illness: One of the consequences of dry air in a household is that it dries up people’s sinuses and nasal passages. This is uncomfortable on its own, but it also takes away one of the body’s major defenses against the spread of colds and flu viruses. A humidifier will balance the air and remove this major winter-time health threat.
- Reduced static electricity: Static electricity is an annoyance that increases when the air is dry: shocks when touching metal surface, laundry that sticks together, your hair clinging to the comb, etc. Static electricity will almost vanish with balanced humidity.
Make sure that you only hire professionals to install a whole-house humidifier. Otherwise you run the risk of making the house too humid, which will cause a whole new set of problems.
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