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How Does Dry Air Affect You?

We’re pretty good at keeping temperatures warm in our Andover, MA homes when the cold winds of winter blow. But good temperature control is only part of a happy and healthy household. You also need to beware of dry air, which is very common in the colder months and can create a host of problems for your home. The good news is that a whole-house humidifier is ideal for shutting those problems down at the source.

Why Is Dry Air a Problem?

As we all know from high school science class, water shifts from gaseous to liquid form when temperatures drop. That means the moisture in the cooling air will solidify and form droplets–hence the reason for dew on the ground in the early morning. In the winter, when temperatures drop well below freezing, that makes the air as dry as a bone.

That can cause a number of problems inside your home, including:

  • Chapped lips and dry, cracked skin.
  • Static electricity, sometimes powerful enough to damage electric appliances.
  • Damage to furnishings in the home.
  • Increased risk of colds and viruses, since they dry out your sinuses and leave your body vulnerable to infection.
  • Higher bills, since the air feels cooler than it actually is and forces your heater to work harder to do its job.

A Whole-House Humidifier Is an Easy Solution

A whole-house humidifier makes a great solution to the problem, in part because it’s very easy to use. It’s simply a wick or a pad connected to a reservoir of water. A fan blows across the top of the pad to add moisture to the air blowing through your ducts. In one fell swoop, the dry air is gone and the problems associated with it vanish.

If dry air is a problem in your home, give Cooling Unlimited a call today!

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