Tackling Dry Air in the Winter01/05/2018Cold, frigid air is enveloping much of the country right now and comfort seems to be of high importance for most of us. Daily comfort isn’t just making sure you have the proper attire to head outside. The colder weather essentially pulls 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 everything from an increased risk for sickness to more frequent 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? The winter months bring cooler air and the drop in temperatures impacts the makeup of the air. Cooler air isn’t able to keep in the same amount of moisture as warmer 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? Humidification is more than just adding moisture to the air in your home. You’ll find there is a wide variety of options when it comes to humidifiers, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you optimal control over your home’s humidity. Incorporated with your current HVAC system, it adds moisture directly into the heated air that is circulated throughout your house. A whole-home humidifier distributes the moisture more consistently 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 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’s no reason to have to deal with any of the side effects 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 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 Bishop home, give Bishop Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 760-784-9034 to learn more or schedule an appointment online.