During the cold fall and winter months the air inside our homes becomes much drier. When the heat is turned on humidity levels can drop even further, leading to a host of potential health problems.
Health Problems From Low HumidityDuring the winter, dry skin, itchy eyes and respiratory irritation are just a few of the side-effects caused by low humidity in the home. With dry mucous membranes your body becomes more susceptible to infections and you're more likely to catch a cold or the flu. Dry air can also increase the time that airborne virus droplets remain in the air, increasing the chance of spreading the flu virus.
Problems Caused By Low HumidityWood furniture, floors and other woodwork are most susceptible to low humidity levels. If humidity levels fluctuate significantly wood can swell and shrink as moisture is absorbed and lost. Musical instruments, paintings and electronic equipment can also be harmed be overly dry conditions.
Improve Air Quality With a Whole-Home HumidifierThe best solution to low humidity levels in the home is a whole-home humidifier. By working in conjunction with your home's HVAC system a humidifier will provide consistent, healthy humidity levels throughout your home. A humidity level of 40-60 percent during the winter months is best for most homes.
Have questions about maintaining healthy humidity levels in your home? Call MR Plumbing, we can help with all your home heating and humidification needs.