Humidification in the Winter02/23/2015 With a lot of the country enduring colder than normal temperatures, comfort lingers as one of the most important topics each day. Daily comfort goes beyond ensuring you have a big coat and gloves too. The colder weather ultimately 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 a greater 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 using a humidifier. Why does the air dry out? Well, when winter rears its head 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 have to put up with dry skin or chapped lips in the winter. That dry air can also be difficult on wood floors and furniture, potentially causing splitting and cracking, while paint is also at a greater 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 range 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 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 thrive. 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 may 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 Hudsonville home, give West Michigan Heating & Air Conditioning Services a call at 616-669-3961 to learn more.