ZAP! We’ve all felt those little shocks you get as you move around your home or touch something on a dry winter day. They are annoying, but also a sure sign that you need to pay attention to the moisture levels in your home. In this case, if you are feeling those shocks – the LACK of moisture in your home. Here are some easy steps for combating that dry air.
Seal Up From The Elements
Our resident expert, Minnesota Air technical support manager Keith Hill, says it’s really the outside air that dries out a home in winter, so it’s important to seal up the envelope of the home. That means you should be on the lookout for cracks in the foundation, gaps around windows or doors, and openings under your garage door.
“Cold air has little heat content, and it’s the heat energy that allows the air to hold water in a vapor form,” says Keith. “As the outside air enters the home through cracks and crevices (infiltration), it mixes with the indoor air and the humidity level drops. Reducing those air leaks will help maintain the humidity in the home.”
Beware Of The Fireplace
You may be tempted to light a cozy fire on a cold winter day, and that’s fine, but just know that if you have a wood-burning fireplace, the chimney could be working as an exhaust flue – even when not in use.
“Homes that have wood fireplaces can be very dry, particularly if the fireplace does not have well-sealed glass doors,” says Keith. “Many think that wood heat is hotter and that dries the home. It’s actually the open fireplace allowing warm air into the chimney, which essentially becomes an exhaust device.”