How Can Humidity Affect Those In My Home?

Lack of humidity in the air you breath can be risky to your health and the health of your family.  Research has shown that relative humidity in indoor environments may encourage respiratory infections as well as irritation from allergens.

What Is Humidity?

Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Humidity levels directly and indirectly contribute to a number of health concerns, yet the severity of this contribution is often overlooked.

Ideally, it is recommended that humidity levels remain between 40 – 60 percent for optimum health. If humidity is too high, it can aid in the growth of mold, fungus and dust mites. These issues are typically most detrimental to people with asthma, allergies or other breathing conditions. Conversely, low humidity levels can be just as debilitating, in some cases leading to serious health complications.

Dry Air Can Damage Your Family’s Health and Home

Physicians and other experts often recommend humidity control to prevent the damaging effects of dry air caused by low relative humidity.

Low humidity can increase your likelihood of getting colds, flu and other upper respiratory ailments. Viruses that cause colds and flu thrive in low humidity. And, according to The American Society of Otolaryngology, dry air can make people more susceptible to infection. In addition, drier air can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms.

Low humidity can cause home damage. It causes walls, woodwork, and hardwood floors to crack. Electronics can be damaged by static electrical charges, requiring expensive repair or replacement.

Low humidity can cause higher energy costs. Low humidity can make you feel too cold at normal temperatures leading you to turn up the thermostat. This leads to higher energy bills.

Beyond the damage low humidity causes, it makes you uncomfortable. It can cause:

  • Bloody noses
  • Dry mouth and dry, itchy eyes
  • Sore throats
  • Cracked, itchy skin
  • Painful static shocks

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