Tackling Dry Air in the Winter01/05/2018With much of the country dealing with colder than normal temperatures, comfort seems to be of high importance for most of us. Daily comfort is more than making sure you have warm jackets and hats. The colder weather essentially extracts the humidity out of the air, resulting in dry air that can have several negative implications for your household. Dry air is the cause of many things, including everything from an increased risk for sickness to more frequent shocks from static. These differ in the level of importance, 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. Cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm air, which you likely notice when you experience dry skin and chapped lips. 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? Adding moisture isn’t the only factor when it comes to humidification in the home. You’ll find there is a wide variety of options when it comes to humidifiers, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you the best control over the humidity in your home. Incorporated with your current HVAC system, it adds moisture directly into the heated air that is circulated throughout your indoor space. A whole-home humidifier delivers the moisture more regularly and in the ultimate capacity, too, so why settle for anything less than ideal comfort? Bonus Benefits Adding a humidifier can help alleviate 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 the static electricity in your home. Create an ideal 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. Proper humidification of your air is easier than you think, too, so why wait any longer? 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. For more information on how a humidifier can positively impact your Plainfield home, give PWA Heating & Cooling Inc a call at 815-768-6656 to learn more or schedule an appointment online.