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Dry Indoor Air = Dry Skin and Hair

Updated: Dec 31, 2020

If you spend a lot of time in the sun during the summer, you use a lot of skin lotion. But instead of putting it away for the winter, you need to keep it handy. As soon as the heat comes back on, everything seems to dry out at the same time – skin, hair, and sinuses among them.

Well, that’s what forced air heat does – it dries out indoor air, thus leading to a host of potential problems. There are numerous home remedies you can employ to spare yourself that kind of agony.  Here are just some to consider:

  1. Stock up on household plants that add moisture to the air

  2. Ease up on the hot water during your shower, and cut the length of the shower by a few minutes – you’ll still need to use a skin moisturizer, but probably not as much

  3. Air dry your dishes after running the dishwasher

  4. Hang certain clothes up to dry on portable dryer racks

  5. If you have floor registers, place a pot of water near one or more to heat the water and spread the humidity it creates

  6. Open your window periodically to allow some of that dry air to escape

A Whole-House Solution from GBT Heating & Cooling

While each of the above measures will provide some relief, nothing works better than a whole-house humidifier, professionally installed by GBT Heating & Cooling. It works in tandem with your furnace to provide the ideal blend of heat and humidity. Plus, you can change humidity levels whenever you like by remote control.

In addition to softer hair, skin, and fewer sinus problems, a whole-house dehumidifier will deliver:

  1. Greater comfort at lower thermostat settings.  Since more humid air makes you feel just as warm as a lower thermostat setting minus the added humidity, you’ll cut back on your heating bills without losing an ounce of comfort.

  2. Protect your wood doors, floors, and furnishings. Overly dry air saps the moisture from anything made of wood – that can lead to cracking and, in the case of musical instruments, warping. Added humidity can help prevent that.

  3. A better night’s sleep. It’s hard to get the rest you need when you’re constantly having to cope with headaches, dry sinuses, and other side effects of warm indoor air.

  4. Reduced static electricity. When air is properly humidified, the static electricity in your home naturally eases up. Otherwise, static electricity can cause blankets and clothes to stick together. And, more noticeably, it can cause painful electric shocks every time you touch a doorknob or another metal surface.

Tired of struggling through bone dry winters? If so, contact us today to schedule a free whole-house humidifier proposal. At the same time, we’ll be happy to answer all your questions.


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