Quick Tips for Tackling Dry Indoor Air
January 05, 2024
Here in New Jersey, winter is in full swing. We’re already experiencing snowy days, dipping temperatures, and morning ice on our windshields. Fortunately, we know how to handle winter’s outdoor challenges. But what about the effects the colder weather has on our indoor comfort? Cold weather can play havoc on our health, our indoor air quality, and our homes. Why? Because cold weather brings along dry, indoor air.
Is your family experiencing the effects of dry indoor air? Here’s how to tell.
Dry indoor air can cause health issues, such as:
- Dry, scratchy throat and eyes
- Nose bleeds
- Dry, itchy skin (for both humans and pets)
- Asthma flares
- Respiratory problems
- Sinus & allergy issues
In your home, dry air can cause:
- Peeling wallpaper
- Cracks in drywall and wooden furniture
- Damage to electrical equipment from static shock
- Damage to walls and floors
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, your home could need some indoor air quality help.
What Can You Do to Combat Dry Air?
Fortunately, with a little education and some help from A.J. Perri, there are many things you can do to counteract dry air. Here are five.
1. Invest in a humidifier.
Humidifiers add moisture to the air and help prevent dry skin and upper respiratory irritations. They are also super effective for easing common cold symptoms. And installing them is easy. Whole-home humidifiers are installed directly into your home’s central heating and cooling system. Looking to add one to your home? Call A.J. Perri today!
2. Apply moisturizer.
Cold air will suck the moisture out of your skin—and leave you feeling dry and itchy. Applying moisturizer helps lock in moisture and can prevent your skin from drying out. If you can, try an oil-based moisturizer and apply it daily after your shower or bath.
According to the Mayo Clinic, water makes up 50% to 70% of our body weight. And your body depends on water to survive. So, it’s imperative to always stay hydrated. Drinking water throughout the day will keep you hydrated and protect your skin from drying out.
4. Change up your showers.
We know a hot shower feels great during a bitter, cold winter, but the steam and high temperature from a hot shower can really dry out your skin. Instead of a super long, hot shower, try to shorten your showers and adjust the temperature to warm. This can help lock in your skin’s moisture. Our tip? Readjust the temperature on your electric water heater so it’s closer to 120 degrees. This helps keep the temperature safe and can also help save on utility bills.
5. Seal any leaks.
If you’re feeling a drafty chill, you may not actually need heating repair. You may have an air leak! Cold air can seep into your home through cracks and gaps in windows or doorframes. If you notice cracks in your home, try adding caulk or window stripping to the problem areas to block cold air from entering your indoor space. Less cold air helps prevent dry skin!
Types of Humidifiers for Your Home
If you’re a new homeowner or simply new to the idea of home humidifiers, you probably have questions. Fortunately, A.J. Perri has answers!
We currently offer two types of humidification systems for your home that can improve your indoor air quality—TrueEASE evaporative humidifiers and Aprilaire whole-house humidifiers. Give us a call at 732.733.2541. Remember: dry indoor air is uncomfortable, but your home doesn’t need to be! We can help!
Last Updated: January 05, 2024