The Surprising Effects of Dry Indoor Air

Aside from the temperature and air quality, the relative humidity level can also affect your comfort and well-being inside your home. When you speak of humidity in the fall and winter seasons, the first thing that comes to your mind is the dry air that causes great discomfort and health risks to you and your family.

The cold weather can cause humidity levels to drop below the normal point, resulting in a progressively dry indoor air. Do you know what it brings to your health and comfort? Read on and find out.

  • Increases the Chances of Illnesses

The membrane that lines the nose and throat needs a sufficient amount of moisture to trap bacteria and viruses and prevent them from moving through your lungs. But with dry air in your home, this part loses moisture, thus allowing harmful microorganisms to invade your respiratory tract. Additionally, dry air is a perfect breeding ground for disease-carrying microorganisms. It even allows viruses and bacteria to float freely in your home, which can increase the risk of illnesses.

  • Irritates Nasal Passages

Low humidity can deprive the inside lining of your nose of needed moisture. As a result, your respiratory tract becomes dry and irritated which leads to coughing, wheezing and sometimes cases of nose bleeding.

  • Aggravates Skin Problems

Your skin is made up of 60% water which evaporates hastily under too low humidity levels. Your skin will lose moisture and start cracking, itching or flaking if the air inside your home is too dry. If you are experiencing skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis and chapped lips, dry air can worsen your suffering from these problems.

  • Structural Damage

Aside from your health, the structural components of your home can also be affected by dry air. Since it zaps the moisture from everything, wooden part of the structural components of your home such as the wooden windows, hardwood floors and the wooden door began to shrink and lose their forms. As a result, your home can be prone to gaps and air leakages.

  • Static Electricity

Too dry indoor air can lead to static electricity which gets you to experience electrical shock each time you touch metals or when fabrics in your home are close-fitting to one another.

Be extra cautious about your indoor humidity now that the fall season has finally stepped in. If you do not want to experience any of the cases mentioned above during the long cold months, we recommend you install a whole-home humidifier to keep the right humidity level at all times. With that, our professionals at Maddox Residential and Commercial Services can help. Give us a call now!