Southern California experiences some of the mildest fall and winter seasons of any part of the country. In fact, it often feels as if summer never ends—it only becomes a milder summer before the heat starts back up again.
But there are some changes in our climate that occur through fall and winter: the humidity level can drop and conditions become extremely dry. This is when the Santa Ana winds sweep in and dry out the air, and the fire hazard from dry brush increases.
Dry conditions are unhealthy and unpleasant. They lead to skin, nose, and eye irritation as well as respiratory problems. Colds and flus can travel from person to person much easier because of dried sinuses and mucus membranes. Low humidity can also create damage to building material. And when the outdoor temperatures do occasionally drop, dry weather makes them feel worse.
You Can Help Your House during Fall and Winter with a Humidifier
To reduce the problems of a typically dry end of the year in Southern California, consider having a whole-house humidifier installed into your HVAC system. Small portable humidifiers can help out in a single room, such as an infant’s room, but they aren’t much house for the rest of the house—and they don’t allow you much control over the humidity levels. But a whole-house humidifier is installed into the ductwork so that extra moisture reaches all the rooms connected to the ventilation system. Using the humidistat control, you can adjust the humidity levels so your home has balanced relative humidity between 30% and 50%, which is the best level for comfort and health. You won’t have to worry about the humidifier accidentally making your home damp and stuffy.
If you would like to arrange for a whole-house humidifier installation, call JW Heating and Air and find out why where in the 1% of Angie’s List rated contractors! We service Downey, CA and the Greater Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, and San Gabriel Areas.