Is your indoor air overly dry? If you live in Utah, the answer is probably yes. Our arid climate means there’s very little moisture in the air, especially in the winter when your furnace saps the air of what little humidity it has. A host of uncomfortable symptoms are associated with dry air. Fortunately, installing a humidifier can help.
6 Signs You Need a Humidifier
Most Utah homeowners would benefit from adding a humidifier. If you’re not sure you need one, watch for these signs of low humidity this winter:
- Static electricity: Does your hair stand on end after brushing it? Do you receive a nasty shock when you touch a light switch or pet the cat? Are you annoyed by how your clothes stick to your body? These manifestations of static buildup are a sure sign that you need a humidifier.
- Dry skin and chapped lips: Have you noticed yourself loading up on lotion and lip balm this winter? If you can’t seem to find relief, dry air could be to blame.
- Sore throat at night: Breathing through your nose helps moisten and warm the air before it reaches your throat. However, many people sleep with their mouths open. If the air is too dry, you may wake up feeling utterly parched in the middle of the night.
- Heightened allergies or asthma symptoms: Low humidity dries out your nasal passages, which can cause congestion among healthy people and worsened symptoms for those with allergies or asthma. Without adequate nasal mucus to trap germs, you could also be more susceptible to respiratory infections, including colds, the flu, and COVID-19.
- Frequent nosebleeds: Dry, irritated nasal passages have another adverse effect—they cause excessive nosebleeds. If you struggle with this symptom every winter, take it as a sign that you need a humidifier in your home.
- Damaged wood belongings: As an organic material, wood needs moisture to remain in good condition. Dry indoor air could loosen and crack your floorboards, prevent wooden doors from shutting tightly, and make your piano go out of tune.
Install a Whole-House Humidifier
At Parley’s PPM Plumbing, Heating, & Cooling, our goal is to keep your home as comfortable as possible. This includes raising the indoor humidity with a whole-house humidifier. This appliance works in tandem with your furnace, adding just the right amount of moisture to the air each time the heater runs. Whole-house humidifiers operate quietly and automatically, consuming very little energy to make your entire home more comfortable. These features make whole-house models far superior to tabletop humidifiers.
We install a variety of products to meet your needs, including steam humidifiers, fan-powered humidifiers, and bypass humidifiers. Our knowledgeable team can answer your questions about these products to help you choose the best one for your Utah home. For more information about improving your indoor air quality with a whole-house humidifier, please call us at 801-226-3033 for Utah County customers and 801-229-2665 if you live in Draper.