Well, winter is certainly upon us which means that cold, frigid temperatures and dry air are here as well. Cold weather, as many of us know, extracts the humidity and moisture out of the air, which can certainly present with many negative effects for your family and home. The folks here at M&A HVAC Services, LLC want to help all our valued clients take appropriate steps to combat winter dry air that is sure to wreak havoc on your home and family. Whether increased static shocks, or an increase in your family’s chances of falling sick, these annoyances can all be prevented by the use of a home humidifier, effective duct sealing and minimized air leaks.
Understanding the Causes of Dry Air
Typical air composition is greatly changed and affected by frigid cold temperatures. Since cold air does not hold near as much moisture as warm air does, we often notice dry skin, dry lips and an increase in static electricity throughout our homes. The air can only hold a specific amount of water typically, and when the air becomes frigid and cold less water can be held.
During the winter months, even if it is somewhat humid outside, when the outdoor air comes into your home it quickly warms up and becomes very dry. Dry air will suck the moisture right out of your skin, hair and lips and can also cause nosebleeds and other very uncomfortable conditions. In a normal sized house dry air can also be accredited to leaks in the home. If you think about it, you take showers, cook, have pets and people breathing in your home, and perhaps even have watering plants, all of which add moisture to your home’s air. However, the air in your home during the wintertime is still very dry. Why? Because the moisture that is being created in your home is leaking out of the home through cracks and other openings and these same openings are allowing the extremely dry air from the outside to seep in.
With that said, the best approach to alleviating dry air in your home in addition to installing a home humidifier would be to tighten your home up so that less warm, moist air is leaving the home and less cold dry air is entering. Perhaps it is time to invest in new windows or applying weather stripping to your windows and doors. You should also tighten all the doors in your house so that they are sealed much better and, most importantly, give focus to the poorly sealed ducts in your home. The ductwork in your home is responsible for keeping the warm, moist air in your home. If the ducts are not sealed appropriately, then the warm air being generated by your furnace is allowed to seep out of your home through air leaks. Thus duct sealing is critical to the quality of air in your home.
What Should You Do to Improve the Air Quality?
Understanding these important factors helps homeowners to recognize the significance of properly sealed ducts and other leaks in the home, which will ultimately lead to reduced utility bills, energy efficiency and a much more comfortable home to live in. Duct sealing, closing off leaks, applying weather stripping and installing a home humidifier are all a part of the ideal formula for alleviating dry winter air. Proper humidification of your home’s air is much easier than most people think when you apply these simple tactics to your home. Not only will you improve the air quality and make your home more comfortable, but you will help add to the health and safety of your family winter after winter.
If you are not comfortable, however, to make any these home adjustments on your own or are in the market for a home humidifier, then surely you can reach out to the team here at M&A HVAC Services to answer all your questions and assist with all your home’s air quality needs. We take tremendous pride in our top of the line products and services and in our friendly but highly professional team of technicians. Don’t delay. Contact us today. We look forward to serving you and to providing you with not only your air quality and duct sealing need but all your HVAC needs as well.