How dry is your home? - Royal LePage State Realty Brokerage

How dry is your home?

30 November 2015
RLP State

Curling up in front of a roaring fire while watching a white fluffy blanket of snow coat the ground outside gives the winter season that magical touch, but the cold air seeping in from that lovely winter scene can be absolutely brutal. Dry winter air sucks moisture, leaving your skin dry and cracked ...and don't forget the dry sinuses.  Doesn't sound very nice now does it?

How dry is your home? 

In the winter, the cold air that seeps into your home from the outside has a lower humidity meaning that it carries very little moisture. You crank up the heat inside your house, which adds warmth but doesn't increase the amount of moisture in the air.  

When you turn up the thermostat in your home, your heating system kicks up clouds of dust, pollen, and other allergens that can inflame your sinuses. Cold, dry air plus those allergens can also irritate your airways. For some people with asthma, cold and dry air can lead to a narrowing of breathing passages and trigger an attack.

Don't suffer in dryness. Here are a few tips for putting the moisture back:

Use a humidifier. Running a humidifier in your home will add moisture to dry, heated air. The moist air will help keep your skin, mouth, and nose lubricated, and helps prevent those nasty static shocks. 

Seal your home. Prevent the cold, dry air outside from paying you an unwelcome visit. Insulate your home so you don’t have to turn up the heat. Close any air leaks in doors, windows, attics, and crawl spaces with caulk, spray foam, or weather stripping. Sealing off air leaks will also help you save money on your monthly heating bill, because you'll feel warm and cozy enough to turn down the thermostat a few notches.

Hydrate often. Keep your skin and mouth moist by drinking water throughout the day. Don’t like water? Try putting in a little tea or juice to add flavor.

Shorten your showers. Long, hot showers might feel great on frigid winter mornings, but the heat and steam can really dry out your skin.