By Greg, Pacific Aire Comfort Advisor,
Dealing with dry air during the upcoming Santa Ana and winter heating season can be challenging for homeowners living in the areas surrounding the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valleys, but you can sail through the upcoming months with a humidifier.
Besides being hard on your home, dry air poses health risks as well. Bacteria and viruses spread quickly when the air is dry, which is why we generally experience more colds and bouts with the flu in the heating months.
Two types of humidifiers exist, and your choice depends greatly on the size of your home and how much convenience you want. Portable humidifiers work effectively for dealing with dry air, but you'll need at least one for every two rooms. They also require frequent maintenance, filling them with water daily, and cleaning them as often as once every three days. Depending on how many you use, you may experience higher electric bills too.
When convenience, energy efficiency and effectiveness top your list of key features to have, consider whole-house humidifiers. Once installed, these systems send a precise amount of moisture throughout your home via the ductwork. These systems also tap into your home's plumbing, so they never require filling. The only maintenance involved is an end-of-season cleaning.
Additionally, whole-house systems use electronic controls to regulate the amount of water vapor they send through your home. The ideal amount of humidity runs from 30 to 50 percent. It's harder for germs to spread when the air has humidity within this range, which can help you remain healthy this winter. Your skin will feel softer, allergic reactions may be lower, you won't suffer from static electricity, and it'll help with the discomfort of sinus irritations.
When the air is too dry, anything wooden in your home shrinks, like furniture, cabinets and flooring. Musical instruments made from wood will be harder to tune and may even crack. It's also risky for your electronics when the air is dry, since static electricity can be strong enough to damage sensitive circuitry.
If you'd like more information about dealing with dry air, contact Pacific Aire Heating & Cooling. We've provided HVAC services for the San Fernando and Santa Clarita valley areas since 1990 and carry NATE-certification, the highest achievement in the industry.
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