We love winter months for the warm fireplaces, pretty snow, and crisp air – but we don’t love the dry environment it brings with it. Winter air sucks the moisture from your home, leaving your skin dry, sinuses irritated, and mini lightning storms every time you pet your cat. Warm air outside carries plenty of moisture, but air pushed out by our furnaces, fireplaces, and wood burning stoves does not carry any moisture. It adds heat only. The dry air also pulls moisture out of your mouth and nose, leaving your sinuses scratchy and irritated. Dry nostrils are more likely to cause your nose to bleed.
Here are a few tips for combating dry air in your home this winter.
Use a humidifier: Your goal is to have your humidity at home between 30% and 50%. Any higher than that and you could develop mold and dust mites. Any lower than 30% and your house will be too dry. Be sure to keep your humidifier clean to prevent spreading dust and germs.
Don’t turn your thermostat up to high: Adding more heat will only make your air drier.
Seal your home: Check your home for any air leaks in doors, windows, attics, and crawl spaces. You can seal them with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping. Sealing up the house will also save you on your heating bill!
Rehydrate! Keep drinking water! Drinking water throughout the day will replace the water that the air is taking from your body.
Shorten showers: Did you know that steam and hot showers can dry out your body? Turn your shower down to warm – not hot – and keep your showers to 15 minutes or less.
Moisturize: Use an oil-based moisturizer frequently. The oil will lock moisture into your skin and keep it from drying out. Saline drops can also help keep nasal passageways from drying out.
Let Just in Time help you find the right humidifier for your home! Call us today for a free estimate.