It's cold out, so your heat's probably on at home right now. Did you know that the natural drop in humidity during winter combined with the warm air inside your home can cause dry air?
Keep reading to learn how to rid your home of dry air this season.
Turn the Heat Down The more artificial heat you use, the drier your indoor air will be. Dry air makes you feel cold, itchy, and sometimes sick; it's healthier and greener to turn the heat down and put on a sweater than raising the thermostat.
Find the Leaks The first step to solving air issues is to seal up spots where cold air may be leaking in. Add weatherstripping around doors and windows, foam sealant around gaps and cracks in the walls, or around pipes and ducts (especially in the basement surrounding the dryer vent).
Humidifiers Dry air has nowhere to hide when you have a whole house humidifier running. They can be installed into your central air or heating system and are designed to regulate the humidity level in your home, so you don't have to.
Portable humidifiers are best for individual rooms and come in models that automatically sense and regulate humidity as well as manual models. It's important to often clean any portable humidifier to combat microbial growth.
Clean Your Air Ducts Your indoor air quality may be suffering due to dirty air ducts. Regularly check for dust, clogs, and other debris that may be filtering into your home. It's best to call a professional for assistance if the air quality in your home is unsatisfactory.
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