Dry winter air? What it is and how to prevent it.

Have you noticed the first sting of static electricity as you go to reach for a door handle inside your home? What about dry, itchy skin? How about sensitive sinuses that have your nose so red that you look like you belong in a tissue commercial? 

You might be the victim to overly dry winter air inside your home.

The harmful side effects of dry winter air

You spend more time inside of your home in the winter to escape the cold and the crowds of holiday hustle and bustle. But did you know that your home can become overly dry with relative humidity between 5-15%? That’s drier than the Sahara Desert! 

Dry winter air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can also affect your overall health and well-being. Breathing dry winter air can cause and exacerbate respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, and nosebleeds. Breathing in dry air over prolonged periods of time can also deplete your levels of body fluids, leading to dehydration. Dry sinuses that result from dry winter air can also make you more likely to catch a cold since the mucus that usually traps and protects you isn’t able to function properly without adequate moisture.

Will a humidifier help?

The best way to combat dry winter air inside of your home is to invest in a whole-home humidifier. Whole-home humidifiers enhance your home comfort by adding moisture into the air during the heating season. This provides relief from dry nasal passages and helps alleviate dry, itchy skin and annoying static build-up. It can also help to minimize the growth of bacteria, mold, viruses, and dust mites within your home. 

A properly humidified home can also help you save energy. As moisture in the air evaporates, you tend to feel colder and are more apt to turn up the heat, using extra energy. Because a whole-home humidifier helps you stay more comfortable at a lower temperature, you’ll end up saving money on heating costs as an added bonus. 

Are humidifiers high-maintenance? 

Nope! Once you have a professional HVAC technician install your whole-home humidifier, all that’s required is simple, routine maintenance to keep your humidifier working at maximum efficiency. Many humidifier models allow maintenance to be done without tools, making it quick and convenient. 

Ready for year-round comfort with the help of a whole-home humidifier? Contact A-Abel for a free quote or to have one of our professional HVAC technicians come out to install a whole-humidifier in your home.