Is a Humidifier Necessary During the Winter?

When the temperatures start to drop in winter, so does the humidity level. This is a natural phenomenon that occurs because cold air has a hard time holding on to moisture. Here in Southern California where the air is fairly dry, whole-house humidifiers might be helpful. There are certain situations that call for these devices or at least call for taking alternative measures to combat dry air.

The Issues of Dry Air

Low humidity can cause your skin to dry out. In addition to itchiness and sensitivity, dryness can lead to increased potential for nosebleeds, coughing, and sneezing. People with allergies are more susceptible to problems because allergens more readily travel through dry air. Furthermore, wood furniture and paint can tend to dry out and even crack when the humidity levels decrease.

What You Can Do

One option is to install a whole-house humidifier. A representative from Air Max HVAC in Burbank, CA, is available to discuss options. There are many different sizes, capabilities, and prices to consider. These whole-house units typically inject water vapor into the existing ductwork of a forced-air system.

If you’d like something a little less involved, you can get a small, portable humidifier to use in certain rooms or a medium-sized humidifier that uses evaporators.

Addressing air leaks is also a smart strategy. When there are leaks in your ductwork or gaps near your windows or doors where outside air can get in, your home won’t be as efficient as it could be. At Air Max HVAC, one of our services is performing home energy audits, and we’d be happy to assess your situation and get you set up with the right solution.

Professional Help Is Available

Whatever you end up doing, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for help. Increasing the humidity level to over 50% can lead to mold and mildew formation, and that comes with its own negative consequences. It’s important to get the level just right, and our team can assist you with that.

Call us if you have any questions about humidifiers or want to set up an appointment for service.

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