Tackling Dry Air in the Winter01/05/2018Much of the country is facing below average temperatures right now and comfort seems to be of high importance for most of us. Daily comfort extends beyond ensuring you have a warm coat and gloves, too. The colder weather basically pulls 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 an increase in your chances of getting sick and an increase in potential shocks from static. Of course, they aren’t even in the same realm of seriousness, but they are both annoyances that can 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. Cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm 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? Adding moisture isn’t the only factor when it comes to humidification in the 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 most 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 regularly and in the ultimate capacity, too, helping you and your family benefit from your ideal home 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 your chance of getting shocked through static electricity. Create an ideal environment for indoor plants to flourish. Proper humidification can help your plants live longer. You don’t have to suffer because of dry air in the winter. Proper humidification of your air is easier than you think, too, so why wait any longer? 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. For more information on how a humidifier can positively impact your Topeka home, give Custom Sheetmetal & Roofing, Inc. a call at 785-357-6200 to learn more or schedule an appointment online.