Problems Caused from Dry Air in the Home during the Winter

Picture a cold snowy day outside, curled up by your fireplace, enjoying a book or watching a movie, sipping on a nice hot cup of coffee, tea or cocoa. Winter can provide beautiful and breathtaking views as it covers the outdoors in a white blanket. But indoors, the change in outdoor temperatures can leech the humidity right out of our homes and turn your relaxing day into one of misery.

Ever notice how on some hot summer days, you step outside and a few minutes later you feel damp and wet? This is because there may be excessive humidity in the air and this causes our bodies to sweat. In the wintertime, the air is less saturated with humidity, therefore it feels drier. This is because cold air cannot hold moisture as well as warm air. As such, we tend to not sweat during the winter, unless we are getting in a good workout while shoveling the snow.

Lower humidity levels in winter can create several problems for you and your family, which are as follows:

Static Electricity

If you cringe each time you go to touch an object, your children, or your pets because you know that shock is coming, then you have low humidity levels. By increasing the humidity within the home, the static charge cannot build up, so it is eliminated.

Upper Respiratory Infections

Have you ever noticedif you are more susceptible to colds and respiratory infections in the winter? This may be due to lower humidity levels. With less humidity the membranes in our noses and throat dry out and are not able to remove bacteria, dust, dirt, and viruses before they are sucked into our lungs. Keeping these membranes lubricated is easy to do by raising the humidity level within the home.

Dry Skin and Noses

Lower humidity can cause our skin to become chapped and crack. Our scalps can dry out and we can develop flaking, itchy dandruff. Our noses can become so dry inside, they can become sore and even bleed! If you have pets, pet dander becomes more prevalent in dry homes in the winter, too. Humidified air within the home can help keep our skin and nasal passages moisturized, so we do not have to worry about these problems.

Household Damage

With less humidity in the air, the air within your home will try to find moisture wherever it can. This means it can suck the moisture out of wooden furniture and wooden structures within the home. Do you notice squeaky floors when you walk across the living room or bedroom in the winter that go away in the summer? This could be caused from low humidity levels.

What is the solution to these issues? A whole home humidification system may be the answer to your problems. If you would like more information on the humidifier that would be best suited for you home: Contact us today at (403) 477-3810 for more information or to request a free quote!