Beating the Dry Heat of Winter

Staying warm and cozy through the blustery winter months is easy when you have a reliable HVAC system, but it can also wreak havoc with your skin and sinuses. Raising wintry air to a comfortable temperature inside your home invariably dries it out, leaving the relative humidity in many homes hovering somewhere below the comfortable end of the scale. Fortunately, there is a solution to dry, irritating winter air inside your home.

In addition to making the air in your home easier to breathe, a humidifier can put an end to dry winter skin and hair. Also, a humidifier can actually keep you healthier during the winter cold and flu season, because viruses proliferate more in dry air than in a humid atmosphere. Installing a humidifier can also make a positive difference for those prone to winter nosebleeds. Because heating dry air is less efficient, the installation of a humidifier can also make a noticeable difference in your winter energy bills.

There are several makes and models of humidifiers on the market. There are smaller, portable units that can be easily purchased through a big-box retailer, but they’ll have to be moved from one room to the next and carefully maintained throughout the season. Whole-house humidifiers, on the other hand, work with your forced-air heating system to change the moisture level in the air throughout your home. Contacting a local HVAC professional to discuss your options for whole-house humidifiers is a great way to determine your needs and discuss a plan of action. Call a licensed professional in your area to make arrangements for a humidifier installation before the winter heating season hits, and you’ll be able to stay warm without suffering the effects of dry heat.

Posted on behalf of James Smith, ClimateSmith LLC


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