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How Humidity Improves Winter Indoor Air Quality

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Our winters aren’t just colder, they’re often drier. That one-two weather punch causes relative humidity levels to drop and, since dry air feels cooler than warm air, it can lower your indoor comfort levels while making your home harder to heat.

There’s a simple solution: increase your home’s air moisture, which not only makes you more comfortable, it potentially reduces your energy bills as well.  

 

Itchy and scratchy: the effects of dry air in your home

 

Dry air could cause a number of unpleasant side effects. It could pull away moisture from your body, leaving you dehydrated and your skin, eyes and throat dry and itchy. Plus, low humidity could cause the temperature in your home to feel colder than in a properly humidified home. Where you feel colder, you may naturally turn up the heat, which increases energy costs.

 

 

A humidifier can fight the effects of dry, cool air in your home:

 

 

  • Better skin care: Dry air could rob moisture from your eyes, throat, skin and lips, leaving them chapped and dry.

 

  • Reduced static shock: Dry air could create the perfect environment for static electricity buildup. If you add moisture to the air, the amount of static electricity in your home could be reduced.

 

  • Better quality of sleep: The right humidity level could allow you to sleep more soundly at night.

 

But don’t overdo it!

 

A hygrometer is helpful to keep an eye on your home’s humidity levels. Too little humidity is bad, but having too much can cause problems too. If you notice condensation on the inside of your windows or wet stains on the walls or ceilings, it could be a sign that the humidity is too high. High humidity can also cause mold to form, generating a musty odour and making the surrounding air clammy.  

 

 

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