In the Willamette Valley region, humidity levels tend to be comfortable throughout the year. Our winters are cold and wet, resulting in a comfortable humidity level in the home. In the summertime, we have dry, hot weather resulting in low relative humidity (RH) making high temperatures not feel so extreme. On average most people feel comfortable between a 40 to 55% relative humidity.
The construction of a home greatly affects the need to add or remove humidity. Finishes and furniture within your home also have “comfort targets” so they do not get damaged.
Your home’s heating and air conditioning system is a natural dehumidifier and for some, humidity levels could drop to uncomfortable levels. Think back to the cold 20-degree days we get some winters, where our skin feels dry and static shocks happen all too often. Both are side effects of low humidity!
A whole home humidifier can be paired with a new or existing system to keep your home’s RH level in a comfortable range. Humidity is added with steam and is evenly distributed in your home through existing duct work.
Hendrix Heating & Air Conditioning offers whole home humidifiers from Aprilaire, Honeywell, and Trane. Please give us a call to schedule a no-pressure review to make your home more comfortable.