Humidification in the Winter02/23/2015 With a majority of the country putting up with colder than normal temperatures, comfort lingers as 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 draws the humidity out of the air, leaving you with dry air that can have a number of effects on you and your home. Dry air is the cause of many things, including everything from an increased risk for sickness to more frequent 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? Well, when winter comes around and the temperatures drop, the composition of the air itself changes. Cold air doesn’t hold as much moisture as warm air, which is why it’s easy to notice dry skin or chapped lips in the winter. That dry air can also wreak havoc on wood floors and furniture, potentially triggering splitting and cracking, while paint is also at a greater risk of chipping. So what can you do? Humidification is more than merely adding moisture to the air in your home. Of course there are a variety of humidifiers to choose from as well, but adding a whole-home humidifier provides you with the best and most control over the humidity in your home. It is added to your current HVAC system and adds moisture directly into the heated air that is circulated throughout your home. A whole-home humidifier distributes the moisture more consistently and in the highest capacity too, so why settle for anything less than supreme comfort? Bonus Benefits Adding a humidifier can help quickly and easily alleviate skin irritations and dry skin. Keeping humidity levels lower can save you from having to spend money on damaged furniture, flooring and paint. Reduce your chance of getting shocked through static electricity. Foster a good environment for indoor plants to prosper. Keeping your home’s air properly humidified can give plants the proper environment to live in, helping them live longer. There’s no reason to have to put up with any of the side effects 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 home can not only keep your home more comfortable, but could potentially help keep you healthier as all of the bugs make their yearly rounds. If you want to know more about adding a humidifier to your Moline home, give Freed Heating & Air Conditioning a call at 309-762-3641 to learn more.