Tackling Dry Air in the Winter01/05/2018Much of the country is facing below average temperatures right now and 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 basically extracts 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 can impact a lot of things, including everything from an increased risk for sickness to more frequent shocks from static. Of course, they aren’t even in the same realm of seriousness, but they are both annoyances that may 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. 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. 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? Humidification is more than just adding moisture to the air in your home. Of course, there are a number of humidifiers to choose from, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you the most 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 consistently and in the maximum 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 occurrence of shocks from static electricity in your home. Foster a proper environment for indoor plants to grow. Proper humidification can help your plants live 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 home 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 Pinellas County home, give Hale's Air Conditioning Services Inc a call at 727-398-5515 to learn more or schedule an appointment online.