Tackling Dry Air in the Winter

January 05, 2018

Cold, frigid air is enveloping much of the country right now and comfort seems to be one of the most important topics each day. Daily comfort extends beyond ensuring you have a warm coat and gloves, too. The colder weather essentially pulls the humidity out of the air, resulting in dry air that can have several negative implications for your household.

Dry air can impact a lot of things, including an increase in your chances of getting sick and an increase in potential shocks from static. Those two things may not cause the same level of concern, but they are both annoyances that can be prevented with the use of a humidifier.

Why does the air dry out?

The colder air changes the makeup of the air during the winter. Cooler air isn’t able to keep in the same amount of moisture as warmer air, which is the reason you often notice your skin becoming drier or having to apply more lip balm. Your home can also experience the side effects of dry air—especially wood floors and furniture, potentially causing splitting and cracking, and paint is also at a higher risk of chipping.

So, what can you do?

There is more to humidification than just increasing the amount of moisture. You’ll find there is a wide variety of options when it comes to humidifiers, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you the most control over humidity levels in your house. Working in partnership with your existing HVAC system, it adds moisture directly into the heated air that is circulated throughout your home. A whole-home humidifier distributes the moisture more reliably and in the maximum capacity, too, so why settle for anything less than ideal comfort?

Bonus Benefits

  • Adding a humidifier can help ease skin irritations and dry skin.
  • Keeping humidity levels in check reduces the chances you’ll need to repair furniture, flooring or paint due to damage.
  • Reduce your chance of getting shocked through static electricity.
  • Create a proper environment for indoor plants to flourish. The appropriate humidification offers your plants the best chance at life and helps to ensure they last longer.

There are solutions available to make sure you don’t have to deal with the implications of dry air in the home. It’s not as difficult as you might think, so why not get started right away? Adding a humidifier to your indoor space can keep you comfortable in the home while also increasing the chances you’ll stay healthy during the sick season. If you want to know more about adding a humidifier to your McMurray home, give Kowalski Heating, Cooling & Plumbing a call at 724-370-0141 to learn more.