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When it’s getting dry inside – what do you see in the image above?
- Winter air: winter is one of those seasons where the in- and outdoor air can be dry. The windows are closed – the furnace is running – fires are stoked up in the fireplace – and many of us are bundled up to keep ourselves warm.
- And on top of that, the cold air outside holds less moisture than warm air. And when cold air seeps into the home and is warmed up, it sucks what moisture there is making our indoor dry:
INFO: why’s the air so dry in the winter?
- Dry air causes health problems: the most common health issue is moisture being leeched from our skin – the main reason why our hands get dry and cracked during the winter. But there are other respiratory ailments such as asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis and nosebleeds. Breathing dry air also can cause dehydration since body fluids are depleted during respiration.
- And because of moisture depletion from respiratory channels, we become more vulnerable to colds, sinus infections, and the flu:
INFO: manage dry air this winter?
- What’s the solution: running a humidifier. Humidifiers emits water vapor into a space to increase the level of humidity. When used correctly and as needed, the humidifier can alleviate dry skin, nose bleeds, chapped lips and other respiratory ailments:
INFO: how do humidifiers work?
- Other solutions:
- — seal up your home to keep cold air out. Cold air seeping into the home sucks up the interior moisture from the air as the cold air is warmed up.
- — keep yourself hydrated by drinking plenty of water
- — moisturize your skin with oil-based lotions and moisturizers – these topical oils lock in skin moisture
- — take shorter or cooler showers – hot, long showers that feel nice during the winter can dry your skin quickly
- — maintain a humidity meter to measure the level of humidity in the home. You need to maintain a balance for good health and avoiding the growth of molds and mildew with too much humidity.
- How many humidifiers: you can find whole-home and portable humidifiers. It depends on the area where you live. If you live in long, colder seasonal areas, you might consider investing in a whole-house humidifier. In more temperate areas, portable units for bedrooms and other common living areas may be all that you need to maintain sufficient humidity levels:
INFO: what size humidifier do I need to buy?
winter comes with its beauty of fresh falling snow and ice sculptures. But with winter comes more health related issues due to changes in humidity. You can enjoy your winter months by installing humidifiers to keep you warm and comfortable.
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