dry skin

Is your skin dry, flaking, and cracking? The air is tough on your skin in the winter. Many homeowners blame their gas furnace, but is it the reason for dry indoor air? It depends on your home. Sometimes it’s not the furnace that’s the problem, but something else that an HVAC contractor can solve so you can say goodbye to the chapped skin.

Does a gas furnace make the air dry?

Do you feel like dry skin is inevitable in the winter? While you’re probably washing your hands more in the winter, to keep germs at bay, your house may play a role in your cracked hands too.

During the winter, the air outside is dry and less humid. If the air inside your home is too dry, it’s likely because too much of that outdoor air is making its way inside. That can happen for a number of reasons including your gas furnace, a drafty home, overventilation, and leaky ductwork.

Depending on the type of gas furnace that you have in your home, it may cause cracked skin. There are two main types. One pulls its combustion air in your house. When the air in your home is used to burn the natural gas, there’s a void. Dry, cold outdoor air fills the void.

“For every cubic foot of air that enters the furnace, another cubic foot of air has to come into your home to make up for the air that gets used by the furnace,” explains Energy Vanguard blogger Allison Bailes.

The only exception to this is when one of these furnaces runs in an unconditioned space like an attic, garage, or crawl space.

Ask your HVAC contractor which type of furnace you have in your home. If your furnace pulls air from the outside, your gas furnace is not to blame for your cracked skin. So, why are you constantly putting on lotion?

Other causes of dry skin during the winter

Do you have a drafty home? While you probably notice some air leaks by the windows and doors, there are probably other hidden leaks that have a more significant impact. While each leak may seem small, when you put all the leaks throughout your home together, they have a significant impact.

All that cold, dry air is making its way into your home one leak at a time. So, what do you do about it? Get an energy audit to find the problems and solutions.

Minnick’s Energy Audit is the best way to detect air loss in your home. It’ll improve more than just your chapped hands. There are ten reasons to get an energy audit including lowering utility bills, fixing hold and cold spots in rooms, fewer HVAC breakdowns, and better comfort.


Completing recommended repairs following an energy audit will improve comfort, shrink energy bills, and improve the quality of your indoor air. That will make your dry, flaky skin a thing of the past!

BGE and Pepco offer this service for just $100 for their customers. Minnick’s is an approved BGE and Pepco energy auditor.

Trust the experts in Whole-Home Comfort!


Throughout your home, you have all sorts of air vents. Ventilation is a great way to improve your indoor air quality.

While there are many great benefits to ventilation, you need to strike a balance. If you have too much ventilation, your indoor air may be dry in the winter.

Whole-Home Comfort

Nobody wants to slather lotion on their hands all winter long. So, contact your Maryland HVAC contractor if your indoor air is too dry. While fixing air leaks and ventilation issues will go a long way toward solving the dry air in your home, a whole-house humidifier may also be an option. Dry skin is unpleasant, but the good news is that there ways to increase your comfort during the winter!


What’s the cause of dry skin in your home?