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How Can Low Humidity Affect Your Health?

Whole-House Humidifier

When you think about low humidity, you probably associate it with comfortable summer afternoons or dry winter nights. While low humidity is something to rejoice in during the hot months of summer, it’s something to pay close attention to during the winter, especially inside of your own home. 

Humidity is measured by the amount of water vapor in the air, and it’s an extremely important health variable that is often easily overlooked, yet easily remedied by purchasing a home humidifier. We might get frustrated at low humidity when we get static shocks left and right, but we should be more concerned on its effects on the body and overall health. Health experts say that ideal humidity falls in the range between 40 and 60 percent. When humidity is higher than 60 percent, it can contribute to the growth of mold and allergens, which, of course, can lead to health hazards for those with allergies and asthma. However, low humidity is equally dangerous, not just for those with existing health conditions, but also for the healthiest individuals. 

Extended exposure to low levels of humidity can dry out and cause inflammation of the mucous membrane that lines your respiratory tract, increasing your risk of contracting anything from the common cold to more serious conditions like influenza and other infectious diseases. Additionally, low humidity enables some viruses to live longer, which can make it more difficult to overcome even the most minor sicknesses. 

Low humidity also has a negative effect on the eyes and skin. When humidity is too low, the natural tears our eyes produce evaporate more quickly, which leaves eyes feeling dry and painful. Low humidity also drys out the skin and can worsen conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, which can be both very itchy and extremely painful. 

Installing a whole-house residential humidifier is the best way to avoid the hazards of low humidity during months when the air outside is arid and cold. In addition to protecting your health, it will also prevent your furniture and other items in your home from drying out and wearing prematurely. To learn more about the benefits you and your family can experience from a whole-house residential humidifier, or to schedule an appointment for installation, contact General Filters, Inc. today!

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