Tackling Dry Air in the Winter01/05/2018With 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 basically 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 an increase in your chances of getting sick and an increase in potential 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? 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 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? 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 most 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 consistently 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 can save you from having to spend money on damaged furniture, flooring and paint. Reduce the occurrence of shocks from 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 are solutions available to make sure you don’t have to deal with the implications of dry air in the home. It’s not as difficult as you might think, so why not get started right away? Adding a humidifier to your house 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 Raceland home, give Guidry's Air Conditioning & Refrigeration Service a call at 985-537-6795 to learn more or schedule an appointment online.