If you’ve ever experienced dry skin and nagging coughs during the winter, you know how bad dry air can get. A simple fix? Add a humidifier to your home comfort mix. The experts at Sabre Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning share simple signs that it’s time you installed one of these systems in your home.

What Does a Humidifier Do?

Dry, winter air can cause many health problems a humidifier could fixHumidity is the amount of water moisture in the air. When winter rolls in, it sucks that moisture from the air, often making your indoor air feel more like a desert than an oasis. Ideally, the humidity level in your house should fall between 40 and 50 percent—in winter, however, most homes experience humidity lower than 25 percent.

A humidifier works by adding moisture back into your house, helping balance out those humidity levels and fix many of the telltale signs of dry, harmful air.

When Is It Time to Add a Humidifier?

If you notice any of these signs in your house, it’s time to have an expert install a whole-home humidifier:

  • Dry skin and lips. Dry air pulls the moisture from the whole environment, including your own skin and lips. A humidifier helps rehydrate them, making you look better and feel more comfortable.
  • Nagging coughs and nosebleeds. Your nose and throat can be irritated by dry air, causing lingering and unproductive coughs as well as unnecessary nosebleeds.
  • Bad allergies. Low moisture in the air helps allergens in your home move more freely, which can aggravate allergy symptoms and asthma.
  • Increase in common colds or sickness. Similar to allergens, the germs that cause wintertime colds and illnesses can flow more easily through your house—the moisture a humidifier adds helps prevent their movement and keeps you healthier.
  • Static shock. Increases in static electricity—which can negatively affect your hair, clothes, and electronics—are much more likely in drier environments.
  • Warped wood furniture, doors, or flooring. Dry air does more than just affect you—it can also damage your wooden furnishings. If your doors are changing in size (and difficult to open or close), the arms and legs on your chairs are wobbling and cracking, or your wood floors are warping, it’s definitely time to add a humidifier.

Sabre—Your One-Stop Shop for Indoor Air Quality and Home Comfort

Humidifiers are just one of the many services that Sabre is proud to provide for Greater Twin Cities residents. From enhancing your overall indoor air quality to installing and maintaining Bryant® heating systems, our professionals will take care of you. Contact us today at 763-473-2267 or online.