Ask a Cleveland HVAC Contractor: Why Do I Need a Whole House Humidifier?

Traditional Two Story Yellow Home Behind Trees in Cleveland, Ohio

At Arco Comfort Air, if we had to pick one (and only one!) thing we like about the winter time, it would undoubtedly be the lack of humidity. We don’t mind the summer, we don’t mind the heat but, oh, that humidity!

However, this is a flipside to this argument… and a very dry, itchy and irritating flipside at that. This time of year, the humidity levels in your home can plunge to very low levels and cause all kinds of problems on your health and in your house. So let’s take a look at the 4 most common ill effects of low humidity in your house in winter time:

  1. Skin irritation. When your indoor humidity dips below ideal levels, you will begin to experience irritation of the skin, eyes, nose and throat. Overly dry air causes annoying itching and chapping, sometimes even causing headaches and nosebleeds!
  2. Static electricity. You know that awful feeling when you try to flip on a light switch or grab a door handle? Yeah, so do we. Static electricity is the culprit and it gets much, much worse when humidity levels in your home are too low.
  3. Furniture and floor damage. Low humidity zaps the moisture out of wood furniture and floors in your home. This can lead to splits and cracks in your furniture, walls and floors.
  4. Illnesses. As if the irritation that many people suffer from in low humidity conditions weren’t enough, dry air can also cause or exacerbate respiratory related illnesses.

If you really want to avoid low winter humidity problems, the best way to go is installing a whole house humidifier! Call Arco Comfort Air to learn more or schedule a consultation today!