Your home’s humidity typically goes down during the winter months when cold outside air is much drier than in the summer, and forced-air heating further removes moisture from the indoor air. This can reduce indoor comfort levels while making the home more difficult to heat (since moist air feels warmer than dry air). This leads to some serious issues that can negatively affect your health and home life. Increasing moisture in your home’s air will improve both your health and comfort, while also reducing your energy bills.
Dry Air Side Effects
Dry air can cause a wide array of unpleasant health effects. Dry air pulls moisture from your body, causing dehydration, and leaves your skin, eyes and throat dry and itchy. It also will aggravate respiratory complications. Dry air can boost influenza and cold transmission, allowing viruses and bacteria to spread quicker from one person to another. Furthermore, low humidity levels cause the temperature in your home feel colder than in a properly humidified home. Since you feel colder, you naturally turn the heat up, which increases your energy costs. Thankfully, humidifiers can replace moisture in the air.
Benefits of Humidifiers
- Better skin care – Dry air steals moisture from your eyes, throat, skin and lips, leaving them chapped and dry.
- No more static shock – Dry air creates the perfect environment for static electricity buildup. If you add moisture to the air, you will reduce the amount of static electricity in your home.
- Better quality of sleep – The right humidity level will allow you to sleep more soundly at night.
- Recover from the common cold more rapidly – The proper amount of humidity in the air helps your body fight off colds more quickly.
- Reduce the amount of dust in the air – Dry air causes dust to rise instead of settling on surfaces.
- Improve air quality – When breathed in, dry air makes transferring oxygen to your blood system more difficult, which will result in you feeling tired, sick and fatigued.