The average North American home can be up to four times below recommended indoor relative humidity levels.
When the home heating season arrives, it can be accompanied by a variety of indoor problems caused specifically by low relative humidity in your home. The resulting dry air absorbs moisture from you and everything inside your home. Dry noses. Scratchy throats. Itchy skin. Static shock. All familiar ailments caused by dry air. But, this dry air causes more than discomfort. It can threaten your health and damage your home.
According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity and can increase the likelihood of getting colds, flu and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology reports that it is important to prevent an overly dry environment because it makes people more susceptible to infection.
But dry air damage doesn’t stop there. When heated air isn’t humidified, it causes walls and ceilings to crack. Wood floors and trim separate. Dry air shrinks the framing around doors and windows, resulting in gaps that let in cold air from the outside, making your home less energy efficient. Expensive instruments and electronic equipment can fall victim to static electric charges, requiring pricey repairs or replacement.
To effectively minimize the threatening problems associated with dry air, it is essential to treat your home with a whole-home humidifier.