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How to Get Rid of Dry Skin & Chapped Lips: Increase Your Home’s Humidity

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iStock_000012201474SmallItchy skin, chapped lips, scratchy eyes—these painful problems cause you to suffer every winter.

Why?


Because cold air is “dry air,” air that carries little moisture.

According to WebMD, “Dry winter air leeches moisture, leaving your skin as dry and cracked as a salt flat and your sinuses as parched as the Sahara in summer.”

The solution? Keep your home’s humidity level around 30% to 50%. Any lower than that, and you’ll have dry air.

Here’s how to increase the amount of humidity in your home so it won’t be so dry.

1) Seal air leaks

It’s the cold, dry air outside coming into your home that really dries out your home’s air.

So you need to seal leaks in air ducts and exterior walls, including around doors and windows.

This will also have the added benefit of reducing your heating and air conditioning costs year-round. (Less energy loss from the leaks.)

2) Hang-dry your laundry

Hang-drying your clothes not only adds humidity to your home’s air, but it also reduces your energy use (from using the dryer less) and can make your clothes last longer.

3) Place small bowls of water throughout your home

If you do this, make sure you clean out the bowls and vases frequently to prevent mold growth.

4) Install a humidifier

You have 2 choices here: room humidifiers or whole-home humidifiers. Room humidifiers are cheaper, but require more attention. You must constantly add more water and clean them to prevent mold growth. Also, they can humidify one room at a time.

Whole-home humidifiers add moisture automatically to your entire house with almost no maintenance. But they do cost more and require professional installation.

Need help with your home comfort problem? Air Professionals can help you solve any home comfort problem, including dry air. Contact us for more information.