A Humidifier Can Help Make the Winter’s Cold, Dry Air More Comfortable

Humidifier Benefits

Though Kansas is known more for its wind than its relative humidity, the cold air sweeping across the plains is drier in the winter. Dry air affects people’s skin and lungs and can even affect the home. This article will discuss a solution to dry indoor air: a humidifier. This device can make the warm air from a home’s heating system even more pleasant and beneficial to health rather than just keeping the house at a reasonable temperature.

Helps Respiratory Health

benefitThough too much humidity can cause its own issues, the dryness in winter air can irritate the respiratory system and decrease indoor air quality. The mucosa membrane that lines the nose, mouth, sinus cavity, and throat must maintain a certain amount of moisture for proper function. If a household member has a respiratory infection, these linings can become raw and swollen, only adding to the irritation. Some of these typical winter symptoms can be battled by using a humidifier. A whole-home humidifier can lessen the following respiratory conditions:

  • Asthma
  • Coughing
  • Congestion
  • Nose bleeds
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus pain 

A humidifier can also make cold symptoms more bearable and help maintain good indoor air quality for households with chronic conditions.

Helps With Skincare

Skin is perhaps the most severely affected part of the body during the cold, dry months. It needs nearly constant applications of lotion and chapstick to combat dry skin and lips. The problem with dry air is that dehydrated skin loses its elasticity and becomes more fragile, causing the following issues:

  • Chapping: When the skin is dry, it tends to tear, especially in areas that are constantly moving and are exposed to the air, like the lips and the knuckles. This raw irritation can be very distracting and uncomfortable and is difficult to heal once it has started.
  • Bleeding: Sometimes, the chapping is so bad that it leads to bleeding at the site of the skin tears. 
  • Sensitivity: Dry skin also tends to be easier to irritate and damage.
  • Itchiness: Dry skin tends to get itchy, which, if a person scratches, starts a cycle of skin damage that is difficult to break.
  • Wrinkles: Dehydrated skin shows wrinkles more readily than properly hydrated skin.

All of these issues can be mitigated by installing a whole home humidifier.

Helps Indoor Plants

plantIndoor plants are not only beautiful additions to any home, but they also offer a variety of benefits. One of the most important benefits is that indoor plants can utilize the moisture in the air to produce food and oxygen. This process is called photosynthesis and helps maintain healthy indoor air quality. However, to take full advantage of this process, it is recommended that a central humidifier be installed. 

House plants often get the short end of the stick in winter. Since the temperature has mostly stayed the same indoors, people may feel that their plants do not need extra care. However, the dry indoor air can affect them too. Since plants need moisture to create their nutrients, a humidifier can give them extra help during the winter season. A whole-house humidifier provides the ideal environment for photosynthesis and ensures the plants get the moisture they need to thrive. A central humidifier can create an optimal environment for indoor plants to flourish.

About Priced Right Heating & Cooling

Priced Right Heating & Cooling is a veteran-owned business serving Lenexa, KS, and the surrounding communities. They offer quality service at a fair price, quick turnarounds, and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Call them today for humidifier installation and replacement services in Lenexa, KS

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