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Why Is It So Dry In My House In The Winter?

December 19, 2023 | Blog

Solving Low Winter Humidity Woes

Winter in Hueytown, AL, brings with it the joy of cozy evenings and festive holidays. But it also brings a common concern for many homeowners — dry indoor air. Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing has encountered many clients facing this issue. We’re here to shed light on the reasons behind it and offer solutions for your home.

Causes Of Low Indoor Humidity

As the winter season sets in, you might notice your skin becoming dry, static electricity building up or even your wooden furniture cracking. These are all signs of low indoor humidity. But what causes this dryness?

Sealed Combustion Furnaces

One of the primary reasons for dry indoor air during winter is the type of heating system you have. Sealed combustion furnaces, which are becoming popular due to their efficiency, draw air from outside for combustion. While this design is excellent for safety and efficiency, it can lead to reduced indoor humidity.

When you opt for furnace installation, especially a sealed combustion unit, it’s essential to understand its impact on your indoor air quality.

Cracks And Gaps In Your Home

While sealed combustion furnaces draw air from outside, cold air can also enter your home through gaps and cracks.

Ensure that your home is well-sealed to prevent cold, dry air from seeping in. This not only helps in maintaining indoor humidity but also reduces heating costs.

Managing Indoor Humidity In Winter

Now that we’ve identified the cause let’s dive into solutions. Maintaining optimal indoor humidity is crucial not just for comfort but also for the health of your family and the lifespan of household items.

Regular Furnace Maintenance

Regular maintenance of your heating system ensures it operates efficiently. An efficient system can help in maintaining a balance in indoor humidity. If you’re considering a new furnace installation, consult with professionals to understand its humidity factors.

Humidifiers Combat Indoor Dryness

Adding a humidifier to your home can be a game-changer. It reintroduces moisture into the air, combating the dryness caused by heating systems. There are various types of humidifiers available, from room-based units to whole-house systems.

Depending on the size of your home and your specific needs, you can choose the one that’s right for you.

Indoor Plants

Nature has its way of balancing things out. Indoor houseplants not only purify the air but also release moisture through a process called transpiration. Growing indoor plants can be a natural way to increase indoor humidity.

Monitor Humidity Levels

Invest in a hygrometer to keep an eye on indoor humidity levels. This device will help you understand when the air is too dry and when you need to take action. Aim to maintain indoor humidity levels between 30% to 50%.

Say Goodbye To Dry Air With Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing!

Winter doesn’t have to mean enduring dry indoor air. With the right measures in place, you can enjoy a comfortable indoor environment, no matter how cold it gets outside.

Brown Heating, Cooling & Plumbing is committed to enhancing your Hueytown indoor air quality. Whether you’re considering professional heater installation, seeking advice on managing indoor humidity or exploring solutions for better indoor air quality, our team is here to assist.

Remember, a warm home isn’t just about temperature — it’s also about the quality of the air you breathe. Ready to get started? Reach out to our team today!

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