Managing Dry Indoor Air
Winter is usually a time when families look forward to staying indoors to bundle up next to the fireplace or sip their favorite warm drink together. While doing these things at home can bring the family together, dry indoor air in the winter can wreak havoc on your allergies and skin. Cold air does not hold as much moisture as warm air, but there are ways to add moisture to the air inside your home.
Our HVAC experts at First Call Heating & Cooling Inc have tips to help you manage indoor air dryness and add moisture:
- Keep Surfaces Free From Dust: With more and more homeowners working from and spending more time at home in general, some tasks, like dusting, can get looked over for a mountain of other tasks. In the winter, people are more likely to stay home due to the cold air outside and road conditions. With more activity inside the house, it’s easy for dust to collect on surfaces and in small corners and crevices. It’s easy to forget to dust so not everyone does it frequently; however, dust buildup can contribute to your air becoming dry over time. Dusting regularly can help significantly reduce how dry your indoor air is and also help reduce the amount of dust buildup in your air filters.
- Clean Air Filters Regularly: One of the most common reasons indoor air can be too dry is because of dirty air filters. When your air filters are filled with dust and dirt, it’s harder for them to trap new dust and dirt particles that can linger in the air inside your home. To fix this, try to schedule a date monthly or quarterly, depending on the size of your filters, to replace them. This will help improve the amount of moisture in your home.
- Invest in a Humidifier: There are two types of humidifiers that can greatly improve your indoor air quality, as well as provide enough moisture to keep your home’s air from becoming too dry. Portable and whole-home humidifiers help add moisture to your air. Whole-home humidifiers are installed directly in your home’s HVAC system and help provide humidity control for your entire home. Portable humidifiers come in a variety of styles and sizes to fit any room in your home. They can be placed in a single room at a time, or you can choose to purchase multiple to add moisture to more than one room.
- Invest in an Air Purifier: In addition to humidifiers, air purifiers help remove allergens inside your home that can make you feel dry and stuffy. They’re great for removing common household allergens like mold, dust, and pet dander. Your indoor air will become easier to breathe during the winter months.
- Get Your Ducts Sealed: If your home has a forced heating system and you have a leak in your air ducts, then you may notice that your home doesn’t feel as comfortable, even with the heater on. Getting your air ducts sealed serves many beneficial purposes that can help the air inside your home reach a comfortable level. Duct sealing helps lower the cost of your utility bills in the winter; remove any leaks that can cause cold air to enter your home; help your rooms feel less stuffy and uncomfortable; keep out dry winter air that triggers allergies and skin irritation. Particles that dry out your air like dust and dirt and particles from insulation can linger in your air longer if your ducts aren’t sealed. We suggest relying on your local duct sealing company to find leaks and seal any holes that can lead to your air feeling dry this winter.
Increase Indoor Moisture in Racine, WI
Let our team at First Call Heating & Cooling Inc help improve the quality of your air. We can assist you with finding solutions to dry indoor air, inspect for duct leaks, repair ducts, and offer further tips on adding moisture to your home’s air.
Give us a call today at (262) 205-5751 to schedule your appointment!