Humidification in the Winter02/23/2015 With a lot of the country enduring colder than normal temperatures, comfort seems to be one of the most important topics each day. Daily comfort extends beyond ensuring you have a big coat and gloves too. The colder weather ultimately sucks 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 a higher risk for sickness to more frequent shocks from static. Of course they aren’t even in the same realm of importance, but they are both annoyances that can be prevented by simply using a humidifier. Why does the air dry out? Well, when winter begins and the temperatures drop, the makeup 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 resulting in splitting and cracking, while paint is also at an increased risk of chipping. So what can you do? Humidification is more than simply adding moisture to the air in your home. Of course there are a number of humidifiers to choose from as well, but adding a whole-home humidifier gives you 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 greatest capacity too, so why settle for anything less than perfect comfort? Bonus Benefits Adding a humidifier can help quickly and easily alleviate skin irritations and dry skin. Keeping humidity levels manageable can save you from having to spend money on damaged furniture, flooring and paint. Decrease your chance of getting shocked through static electricity. Foster a good environment for indoor plants to flourish. Keeping your home’s air properly humidified can give plants the best environment to live in, helping them live longer. There’s no reason to have to deal 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 can 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 Bakersfield home, give Hillcrest Air Conditioning & Plumbing a call at 661-437-3499 to learn more.