As the weather gets colder the air inside your home will get drier and drier. This is something we tend to take for granted even though it may annoy us to no end.
But dry air is actually more trouble than most people realize. You should see it as an unwanted and uninvited guest in your home, and the sooner you can get rid of it the better off your whole family will be.
Dry Air Side Effects
When the humidity is high you tend to feel warmer. Conversely when it is low you tend to feel cooler, and when the air inside your home lacks moisture you may have to turn your thermostat up a couple of extra degrees to find comfort. This results in higher-than-necessary electricity or gas bills, to the tune of about a four percent increase for each additional degree of heat your HVAC system is asked to produce.
But the problems caused by dry air go well beyond financial. When the interior humidity level declines the state of your health may decline right along with it.
Some of the negative health effects of extremely dry air include:
- Lowered immune system functioning that leaves you more susceptible to colds and the flu.
- Increased likelihood of asthma attacks in response to respiratory distress and infection.
- Chronic dryness of the nose, eyes and throat, accompanied by soreness and itching.
- Dry and scaly skin on the hands and feet, which can crack and lead to the development of painful open wounds.
This is all pretty unpleasant and all linked to continuous exposure to drier-than-normal indoor air.
In addition to the effect it has on your body dry air can also damage the body of your home. Floors, walls and ceilings may develop cracks in their wooden surfaces and the flaking and peeling of painted surfaces may escalate when dryness runs out of control.
And you know those shocks you get from static electricity, which builds up in the dry air and discharges when you touch a physical object or other person? In some instances those shocks can be potent enough to damage sensitive (and expensive) electronic equipment.
Dryness Be Gone!
One of the best ways to re-humidify your home during the winter time (or during any season if you live in a desert climate) is to add a whole-home humidifier to your HVAC network.
When a whole-home humidifier is up and running dry air has no place to hide. As long as your home is relatively airtight you should have no trouble maintaining indoor moisture levels to your liking, possibly with the assistance of digital thermostats that tie into whole-home humidifiers and can turn them on and off in accordance with pre-determined settings.
Whole-home humidifiers do require an additional financial investment, but are likely to pay for themselves in relatively short order through reduced energy consumption and fewer trips to the family doctor.
Dry Air is Preventable, Not Inevitable
Dry indoor air is not a trivial concern. It is a problem to be eliminated with all due haste, before your family is forced to suffer even further from its unpleasant and costly effects.
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