Tackling Dry Air in the Winter

January 05, 2018

With much of the country dealing with colder than normal temperatures, comfort seems to be one of the most important topics each day. Daily comfort isn’t just making sure you have the proper attire to head outside. The colder weather really pulls 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 increased static and heightened risk for sickness. Those two things may not cause the same level of concern, but they are both annoyances that could 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. Cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm 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. There are a lot of different models and types of humidifiers to select from, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you the best 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 indoor space. A whole-home humidifier circulates the moisture more regularly and in the ultimate capacity, too, which will help you reach your indoor comfort.

Bonus Benefits

  • Adding a humidifier can help alleviate 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.
  • Promote an ideal environment for indoor plants to thrive. Proper humidification can help your plants live longer.

You don’t have to suffer because 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 house doesn’t just keep your household comfortable, but also helps to ensure you stay healthy during the winter season. If you want to know more about adding a humidifier to your Scottsboro home, give Southern Heating & Cooling Inc. a call at 256-574-1300 to learn more.