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 extends beyond ensuring you have a warm coat and gloves, too. 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 culprit for several issues, 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?

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 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. 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 humidity levels in your house. It is added to your existing HVAC system and adds moisture directly into the heated air that is circulated throughout your home. A whole-home humidifier distributes the moisture more reliably and in the greatest capacity, too, helping you and your family benefit from your ideal home comfort.

Bonus Benefits

  • Adding a humidifier can help improve 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 your chance of getting shocked through static electricity.
  • Create a proper environment for indoor plants to flourish. The appropriate humidification offers your plants the best chance at life and helps to ensure they last 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 have questions about how a humidifier can help your Pocatello home, give Vogts Heating & Air a call at 208-621-0129 to learn more.