How Dry Air Affects Your Home

Posted on: September 20, 2017

There are a number of key factors that affect the quality and feel of your indoor living space, including temperature, indoor air quality, and relative humidity. In the case of the latter, too much or too little humidity can cause a number of concerns to your health and the contents of your home, so it’s imperative that levels are monitored and adjusted as needed. This problem is typically amplified during the winter months when heating equipment and colder weather can cause humidity levels to drop well below acceptable levels, but exactly how does that affect your home?

6 Ways Dry Air Affects Your Home

The ideal relative humidity level for maximum comfort and health is between 40 and 50 percent, and anything below 30 percent is considered too dry. Humidity levels naturally drop along with outdoor temperatures as cold air is unable to hold the same amount of moisture as warm air. The common effects of dry air include:

  1. Increased risk of illness. Dry air is the perfect breeding ground for viruses, as the membranes that line the nose and throat lose the moisture they require to trap bacteria and viruses before they can travel through the upper respiratory system and into the lungs. When adequate levels of humidity are present airborne particles carrying these types of diseases are lower to the ground, weighted down by drops of moisture, but in a dry climate, they float freely throughout your living space.
  2. Irritated nasal passages. Low humidity levels rob the inside lining of your nose of much-needed moisture, allowing it to become dry and irritated, and potentially leading to nosebleeds.
  3. Dry, itchy skin. Dry air hastens the evaporation of moisture on the surface of the skin, which is over 60 percent water. In the absence of adequate humidity skin begins to dry out and may experience cracking, itching, or flaking while exacerbating pre-existing conditions such as acne, chapped lips, or eczema.
  4. Structural damage. Dry air zaps the moisture from everything in its path, including structural components of your home that are made of wood, such as framing, wooden windows, hardwood floors, and wooden doors. Just as wood swells when saturated, it shrinks when it’s too dry and the resulting change in size can lead to gaps, air leakage, creaking, and squeaks.
  5. Static electricity. If you receive a shock each time you touch metal, or fabrics in your home are clinging to one another, that may indicate that your indoor air may be too dry
  6. Damage to your belongings. Organic materials such as wood and paper can become damaged when moisture levels become too low, becoming brittle and possibly cracking, breaking, or warping.

Dry Air Solutions

A whole-house humidifier is the perfect solution, seamlessly integrating with your existing HVAC system and supplying much needed moisture to every room in your home. Once your thermostat is set to the desired temperature, a whole-house humidifier does the rest, adding the perfect amount of moisture quickly and efficiently.

Whole-House Humidifier Installation in the Raleigh-Durham Area

Choose Air Experts Heating & Cooling for your whole-house humidifier installation and experience the benefits of healthier air. Our highly skilled technicians are chosen for their expertise, integrity, and knowledge, so you can rest easy knowing you’re receiving the best possible service, at the best possible price. Our Super 7 Guarantees are the cornerstone of our business, and with over 30 years of service in the Raleigh-Durham area we’ve built a solid reputation among home and business owners as one of the most trusted HVAC contractors in the area.

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