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Combat Dry Winters With a Whole-Home Humidifier

Three Benefits of Installing a Humidifier 

The air inside homes should be a comfortable and healthy environment, but indoor air can be less than ideal in many cases. Dry, stale air devoid of moisture can affect household residents’ health and well-being, making it harder to breathe or even causing skin irritation. Maintaining the correct humidity level in a home is an essential step toward achieving optimal indoor air quality, and luckily there’s help available! Installing a whole-home humidifier provides numerous benefits for families. This blog post will discuss the advantages of having a properly installed humidifier in the home.

Humidifiers Promote Better Respiratory Health 

homeWhole-home humidifiers can eliminate the dry air that can irritate or inflame the airways in someone's nose and throat and improve one’s breathing. So by promoting moisture in the air, homeowners can breathe easier and ease the symptoms of an illness. With a humidifier, homeowners can also soothe these issues that are caused or worsened by cold, dry air: 

  • Asthma, allergies, and other respiratory illnesses
  • Eye irritation
  • Sore throat
  • Nosebleeds
  • Dehydration

Some studies have also reported that humidifiers can even help prevent the transmission of certain illnesses, like viruses and flu. So whole-home humidifiers can benefit the health of everyone in the household.  

Humidifiers Benefit Skincare 

Nobody wants to wake up with dry, cracked lips or itchy, dry skin. During the winter, the skin and lips dry out when there isn't much moisture in the air. People can try to use lotions and creams, but they might find themselves endlessly doing so to no avail. A humidifier can help. 

Mayo Clinic reports that ideal humidity levels are between 30 to 50 percent. This will prevent the issues and unpleasant symptoms that arise from low humidity, like dry and irritated skin, and instead deliver optimal skin care results. However, if the indoor humidity is higher than 50 percent, homeowners may experience other complications like mold growth. 

Humidifiers Create Optimal Conditions for Indoor Plants 

plantsFor many homeowners, their windowsills double as gardens––especially when it’s too cold for certain plants to be outdoors. However, like all living things, houseplants need proper humidity to survive and thrive. It prevents their leaves and soil from drying out. If this happens, the plant could struggle to get the nutrients it needs. 

Additionally, when plants thrive with proper humidity levels, the plants will promote better indoor air quality in the home, even helping to absorb unpleasant odors and smoke. For example, Boston ferns are one of the best plants for indoor air purification and can remove various indoor air pollutants. Yet, they grow naturally in humid climates, so without humidity, they could dry out and die.  

About Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning 

Gresham Heating and Air Conditioning have over 30 years of experience serving the Gresham, OR, community and the surrounding areas. They offer upfront pricing, fast response, and honest opinions. Call them today for humidifier installation and repair in Gresham, OR