Have any idea what the humidity level is inside your home? If you’re thinking “it doesn’t really matter” you may want to think again. Humidity is more important than you thought and it can lead to some serious problems if it’s not at appropriate levels. Let’s take a look at a few signs that could indicate there’s not enough humidity in your home this winter:
What is Humidity?
For starters, let’s quickly define humidity. It’s determined by the amount of water vapor in the air and it directly contributes to a number of health concerns. And aside from your health, too much or too little water vapor in the air can be detrimental to your furniture, decor and even your home’s structure.
Indicators of Low Humidity:
You or your family members are chronically feeling ill. Low humidity can cause mucus membranes to dry out or inflame and if the membrane lining isn’t working properly, you’re more vulnerable to catching a cold, the flu or other infections.
Dry skin: cold winter weather tends to bring dry air along with it and dry air can severely dry out your skin. If you notice that your skin looks ashy, flaky or becomes irritated chances are humidity levels are too low inside your home.
Dry, irritated eyes. Find yourself blinking all the time because your eyes feel like they are drying out? Low humidity can cause tears stored in your tear ducts to evaporate which can interrupt the moisture balance in your eyes.
Wood floors are warping. Notice gaps, cracks or spaces in your wood floors? If the air inside your home is too dry, it can cause the planks to shrink or shift which can lead to excess damage.
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