Your indoor air quality is affected by a lot of different factors, and affects you in turn. Your health and quality of life can be substantially impacted by poor indoor air quality, without you even realizing it. One of the biggest problems for indoor air quality in Southern California, especially during the winter, is chronically low humidity. Dry weather is more than simply uncomfortable; it can lead to you getting sick more often, as well. Read on to find out why it’s a good idea to address chronic dryness with a humidifier this winter.
The Effects of Chronic Dryness
Your body is largely comprised of water, and it relies on a certain balance of moisture in the air in order to function properly. If the air is really dry, your skin and the membranes in your nose will start to dry out and crack. These are some of your body’s first defenses against infection by germs, so chronically dry air actually makes it more likely that you’ll get sick. Dry air also makes wood more brittle and likely to become damaged.
This problem is further exacerbated if you use a forced air heating system like a furnace to warm your home. Furnaces and other forced air systems further lower the humidity levels in the air, which is part of why people are more likely to get sick during winter. The air is already dry because of the season, and you make it worse by relying on your heater.
A humidifier solves this problem by periodically releasing moisture into the air. There are a number of different methods for this from misting to steam vaporizing. What’s important, though, is that you get the right humidifier for you.
If you need a humidifier installed in your home, call Saddleback Plumbing. We offer humidifier installation services throughout Ladera Ranch, CA.