Low humidity is a common household problem, particularly during the winter months. While high humidity is linked to problems like mold and mildew growth, there are several troublesome health effects of low humidity as well.
When humidity levels are low, the air in your home draws moisture out of anything it can find, including your nasal passages. A common health effect of low humidity level is sinus irritation. You may experience sinus pain and congestion as a result of dry mucous membranes.
Your compromised mucous membranes can also lead to sickness. Healthy membranes filter the air and protect you from infection. Dry or cracked membranes are more likely to let bacteria and viruses though, increasing your likelihood of getting sick.
Without proper moisture in the air, it’s difficult to keep your skin soft. Other health effects of low humidity levels are dry, cracked and itchy skin. You may experience irritated eyes, dry hands, or chapped lips. While you can minimize these effects with lotions, eye drops and lip balms, there’s a more effective option for fighting dry air in your home.
If you suffer from asthma or allergies, low humidity can exacerbate the problem. Choose a high quality air filter and check it often to help remove bothersome allergens from the air.
If you’re suffering from the troublesome effects of low humidity in your home, install a humidifier system as soon as possible to address the problem. The HVAC professionals at Amarillo Air Conditioning can help you outfit your home this winter.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Amarillo, Texas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems). For more information about humidity and other HVAC topics, download our free Home Comfort Resource guide.
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