by Tropical Plumbing Heating & Air | Apr 1, 2020

It’s always a good idea to check up on the moisture levels in your home. If the air is too dry, you’ll want to know about it straight away. Common signs of dry air include dry skin (as well as chapped lips), static electricity, breathing troubles, warping wood, and cracked paint.

If you’ve noticed some of these indicators, it’s a good idea to make sure that your house isn’t in immediate danger. To do that, you’ll need to check your home’s moisture levels with a hygrometer. Much like its cousin, the thermometer, a hygrometer is very easy to use. As a general rule, you’re hoping for results between the 30 and 50 percent mark.

In the thick of winter, any issues with your heating system will likely see you landing below 30 percent. If that’s what your readings say, there are a few possible solutions for this predicament.

A Whole-House Humidifier

If you’re looking for a reliable solution, a whole-house humidifier is your best option. This neat device is easy enough to operate, and you can install it directly onto your heating system. Once installed, it will keep adding moisture to the warm air, and the duct system will then deliver it throughout your house.

The great thing about a humidifier is that it usually pays for itself rather quickly. A home with higher humidity will feel warmer, which means you and your family will be much more comfortable at lower temperatures. If you’re not sure whether a whole-house humidifier is a right answer for your needs, consider contacting us.

DIY Solutions

• Boil some water on your stovetop. The steam will release excess moisture.

• Line dry your clothing. Place your damp clothes in dryer rooms after washing to help spread the moisture.

• Get a houseplant. Houseplants are nice to have on their own, and spraying them with water once a day can help you with dry air issues as well.

• Leave the bathroom door open while showering. This is a good way to put all that steam to good use.

Whichever method you choose, don’t put it off for too long. A dry home causes discomfort and may even damage your belongings, especially during the winter months.