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 is more than making sure you have warm jackets and hats. The colder weather essentially sucks the humidity out of the air, leaving you with dry air that can have a number of effects on you and your home.

Dry air is the cause of many things, including an increase in your chances of getting sick and an increase in potential shocks from static. Of course, they aren’t even in the same realm of seriousness, but they are both annoyances that can be prevented with the use of a humidifier.

Why does the air dry out?

Well, when winter comes around and the temperatures drop, the makeup of the air itself changes. Cooler air isn’t able to keep in the same amount of moisture as warmer air, which is why it’s easy to notice dry skin or chapped lips in the winter. That dry air can also wreak havoc on 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. Of course, there are a number of humidifiers to choose from, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you optimal control over the humidity in your home. It is added to your existing HVAC system and adds moisture directly into the heated air that is circulated throughout your house. A whole-home humidifier circulates the moisture more reliably and in the greatest capacity, too, so why settle for anything less than ideal comfort?

Bonus Benefits

  • Adding a humidifier can help improve skin irritations and dry skin.
  • Keeping humidity levels in check helps to maintain your paint, furniture and flooring, avoiding additional repair costs.
  • Reduce your chance of getting shocked through static electricity.
  • Create a good environment for indoor plants to thrive. The appropriate humidification offers your plants the best chance at life and helps to ensure they last longer.

There’s no reason to have to deal with any of the side effects of dry air in the winter. 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. For more information on how a humidifier can positively impact your Cottonwood home, give Connolly Electric & Mechanical a call at 928-244-8840 to learn more.