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.
Ever wonder why your eyes often burn or itch in the wintertime? Winter brings frigid temperatures and dry air that cause all types of skin and eye irritations for people. But with a little preparation and know-how, you can prevent these side effects from occurring and live happier this winter season. Here is a reminder of the problems of winter dry air that you may experience, and how you can prevent them from happening.
Lower humidity levels in winter can create several problems for you and your family, which are as follows:
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.
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.
During the winter we don’t open our windows too often, if at all. For those who are allergic to dust and other airborne particulates, their allergies can be set on fire during this time of year. Itchy eyes, breathing issues, and sneezing can plague those with allergies all winter long. To combat these effects as much as possible, try opening your windows for a little while on those warmer days to air out your home. A regular dusting and a full HVAC cleaning can also help to eliminate any particulate buildup and improve the air quality in your homes.
Upper Respiratory Infections
Have you ever noticed if 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.
Do your eyes get irritated and itchy during the wintertime? Thanks to the cold and dry air, your eyes will suffer if not properly protected. Wearing sunglasses, eyeglasses, and goggles can help combat dry and itchy eyes when you’re outdoors. When indoors, you need a quality air humidifier to increase the relative humidity of your home.
Winter dry air can affect your cornea, causing a burning sensation that’s often painful. If the outdoor weather conditions start making your eyes burn, retreat indoors and turn up your air humidifier to replenish the moisture that will soothe your eyes. Lubricating eye drops can help relieve this as well.
Intense dry winter weather and outdoor winds can really cause your eyes to tear up. And excessive tearing makes your eyes go blurry, making it difficult for you to see. To avoid watery eyes, you need to shield them as much as possible with protective eyewear when you’re outside and add more moisture to your space indoors.
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.
Dry air can make your skin and the areas around your eyes inflamed. Ensure the moisture and relative humidity level in your home is optimized to relieve any irritation. Remember also to carry a travel lotion for your skin when you are out and about during the winter.
What is the solution to these issues? A whole home humidification system may be the answer to your problems. Don’t spend winter with irritated skin and eyes, and constant sneezing from the dry winter air. Contact us today at if you would like more information on the humidifier that would be best suited for you home or to request a free quote! We can provide your home with proper humidification or an air purifier to help you to be more comfortable in your home.