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Do Heaters Dry Out the Air in Your Home?

Heating, Indoor Air Quality

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The air in our homes tends to be drier in the winter, and there are a few reasons for this. The most obvious reason is that we use our furnaces more often, and furnaces tend to dry out the air. Additionally, we close our homes more to keep the heat in, which doesn’t allow as much fresh air circulation.

Dry air can cause several problems, from nosebleeds and static electricity to cracked skin and sinus headaches. Read on to find out everything you need to know about furnace-induced dryness and what you can do about it.

What Causes Dry Air in the Winter?

When furnaces kick on, they heat up the air by circulating it through a series of metal coils. This process of heating up the air also removes moisture from it, resulting in dry air. If you have recently turned on your furnace for the first time this season and have noticed an uptick in static electricity or nosebleeds, those could be signs that your furnace is drying out the air.

How Can I Combat Dry Air?

There are a few different ways that you can combat dry air in your home this winter. One option is to buy a humidifier. There are many different types of humidifiers on the market, so be sure to do your research before making a purchase.

You can also open windows for brief periods of time throughout the day to let in some fresh, moisture-rich outdoor air. Just be sure to close them back up before cranking up the heat!

How Do Humidifiers Help?

Humidifiers add moisture to the air by vaporizing water into the air. There are two types of humidifiers: whole-house humidifiers and portable humidifiers. Portable humidifiers are small and can be moved from room to room as needed. Many models come with built-in timers and sensors that automatically turn off the unit when the desired level of humidity has been reached. Portable humidifiers are ideal for small spaces or if you only need occasional relief from dry air.

Whole-House Humidifiers

Whole-house humidifiers are installed directly into your furnace and work with your heating and cooling system to distribute humidity throughout your home evenly. A whole-house humidifier is a good choice if you find yourself needing extra moisture in your air on a regular basis or if you have a large home.

A high-quality, professionally installed whole-house humidifier can save you money on your energy bills while also improving your health and making your home more comfortable.

Contact American Vintage Home today at (847) 999-4595, and one of our experts would be happy to help you choose the right model for your home.

Call American Vintage Home Today To Restore Your Home’s Proper Humidity Levels!

American Vintage Home has been helping Chicago-area homeowners with humidity issues for years. We are experts in the field, and our team will work diligently to solve your home’s humidity problems so you can enjoy life in a healthy environment once again.

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