In the winter, it pays to be prepared for all the usual foes – extra gloves in your purse for cold weather, an ice scraper in your car to clear that pesky snow from your windshield, and lotion in your pocket to help your hands stay protected from that dry, dry air. The moral of the story is “be prepared,” and the same holds true for homeowners. You can take some easy steps to beat the winter dryness, so here are our tips to combat dry air in your home.
Look For Signs Of Low Humidity
Your home may be suffering from low humidity issues and you may not even know it – but you’ll be able to feel it. In the winter months, when the air is driest, you’ll notice your skin may be dry or cracked, your lips chapped, your throat scratchier, your floors squeakier, and that there are more static shocks when you walk around the house. These are all signs of low humidity, and it can be bad for your body and home. In people, it can lead to infections and colds, and in our homes, it can mean gaps in molding, creaky floors, peeling wallpaper, warped doors, and split furniture.
Use A Humidifier
One of the best options when it comes to combatting dry air in your home is to get a humidifier. You can get a single-room humidifier, but you’ll need to constantly refill it with water, change the filter, and clean the unit so it doesn’t grow mold. A whole-house humidifier/dehumidifier system is a better option when it comes to controlling moisture in your home year-round. It is attached to your HVAC system, and provides a more balanced way to make sure your home stays comfortable.
Hydrate & Moisturize
Another go-to solution for beating winter dryness is to keep your body hydrated and moisturized. That means drink lots of water throughout the day and put lotion or body oil on your skin right after you get out of the bath or shower. Winter may be the time of year where you want to take a long, hot shower, but that can dry out your skin. Keep showers shorter and use only warm water – the steam from hot water can temporarily boost moisture in the home, but can wreak havoc on your skin and hair if you don’t moisturize afterwards. According to WebMD.com, “Cold air sucks out skin's moisture, which is why young, smooth hands can look older in the winter months. Taking hot showers can worsen dry, itchy skin by removing the natural layer of oil that preserves and protects the skin's moisture.”
Seal Your Home From Outside Air
Finally, make sure your home is properly sealed up from the outside world. Not only can insulation, weather stripping, caulk, and foam help keep warm air generated from your furnace inside your home, but it can also prevent dry, outside air from coming in. That means warmer temperatures and better humidity control. The bonus is that you will save money on you monthly heating bills, too!