Tackling Dry Air in the Winter01/05/2018Much of the country is facing below average temperatures right now and comfort seems to be top of mind for many people. Daily comfort isn’t just making sure you have the proper attire to head outside. The colder weather really extracts the humidity out of the air, resulting in dry air that can have several negative implications for your household. Dry air is the culprit for several issues, including everything from an increased risk for sickness to more frequent shocks from static. 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. Cooler air isn’t able to keep in the same amount of moisture as warmer air, which you likely notice when you experience dry skin and chapped lips. This can also impact the inside of your home, such as 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. 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 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 indoor space. A whole-home humidifier circulates the moisture more regularly and in the maximum capacity, too, which will help you reach your indoor 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. Foster a proper environment for indoor plants to grow. 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 not only keep your home more comfortable, but can potentially help keep you a little healthier as all the bugs make their yearly rounds. If you want to know more about adding a humidifier to your Marshalltown home, give B & G HVAC a call at 641-752-3429 to learn more or schedule an appointment online.