The Dangers of Low Indoor Humidity Stamford, CT
Many homeowners are only concerned about lowering the humidity levels in their homes during summer. This is understandable since high humidity levels can result in a mold infestation. It can also cause rotting of wooden structures.
However, indoor air quality is also compromised when humidity levels are too low.
Why humidity levels in your home are too low
Healthy indoor humidity levels should be between 40 and 60%. However, the level of humidity in your home is likely to fall in the winter as a result of heating your home. The cold air outside carries less moisture than in the summer because of the low temperature. When you heat the air in your home, you lower the level of moisture in the air even further. HVAC systems are known to make the air even drier in the winter as they tend to recirculate the indoor air and continue to remove even more moisture from it.
Why you should be concerned about low humidity levels
Low indoor humidity levels can have several effects on your health and your home.
- You’ll be more vulnerable to respiratory infections
Reduced humidity will result in drying out of the sinuses and the respiratory system. You will feel like your nose and throat are dry. This in turn makes you vulnerable to respiratory infections. You may notice that you catch colds more often when the air is dry. You may also feel like your sinuses are irritated and your eyes will become watery. People with allergies may experience flareups.
- You’ll experience dry and itchy skin
Low levels of humidity will result in dry skin. When your skin is dry, it will become itchy. Some people even experience increased eczema as a result of dry skin. You’ll need to apply more moisturizing lotion to stay comfortable.
- Wooden structures will be damaged
Wooden structures in your home including your floor and furniture will be damaged as a result of low humidity levels. This is because they will lose moisture and contract. This can cause noticeable shrinking, splitting and splintering.
What can you do to improve indoor air quality?
There are several things you can do ensure humidity levels in your home are maintained at a healthy level. One of the most effective ways to keep humidity levels healthy is by installing a whole home ventilation system. These systems will circulate fresh air from the outside and extract dry and stale air.
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