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What Causes Dry Skin in the Winter?

Woman scratching her arm because she has dry skin.

Ever notice that your skin feels extra dry, tight, or itchy during the cold winter months? Why does it only get this way this time of year, you might ask. Well, there are a number of factors that could be contributing to your dry skin, but there’s one major reason we’re discussing, below:

Why is my Skin Extra Dry in the Winter?

Think of your furnace like a blow dryer: as it hears the air inside your home, it removes moisture as well. When moisture is removed from the air, your skin is unable to suck it up and hydrate itself from the outside in. The lack of moisture in the air inside your home, combined with dry heat is a recipe for disaster when it comes to keeping your skin in tip-top shape.

How Can I Fight Back?

Dry heat during the winter months can surely be detrimental to your skin, but it can also do major harm to other delicate items in your home. For example, it cause stress to paintings, musical instruments, antiques, wood floors and furniture, but don’t worry, there’s a surefire way to fight back! To keep the moisture in your home at an even, comfortable level, humidifiers are the solution. They can also offer significant home heating savings because spaces generally feel warmer when there is more moisture in the air. Just think of a 90 degree day in Michigan with zero humidity compared to a 90 degree day with 90% humidity. Big difference, right?

We’re happy to test for proper humidity levels in your home and can suggest the right method of whole house humidification for you. This includes low-cost and low-maintenance models. For all of your heating, cooling and humidification needs, think Levine & Sons. We get the job done right the first time.

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