Did you know some health problems can actually be symptoms of “dry home syndrome?” The other day, we received a call from a woman whose 10-year-old daughter was suffering from an awful case of eczema. So we sent a technician there to quote her for a steam humidifier, which she went ahead and installed. The daughter’s eczema cleared up, and our customer couldn’t be happier!
Dry air can cause all kinds of problems for you and your home, from head colds and nosebleeds to cracks in the floors and furniture. The sweet spot for most homes is a relative humidity of 30-50%, according to the CPSC. Read on to see if you have any of the telltale signs of a dry home.
Health Effects of Dry Air
Ready for some medical facts? Stay awake with me for a bit.
Our noses and throats are lined with mucous membranes that help protect our bodies from germs. Anything we breathe or eat that we shouldn’t, like dirt, dust, viruses and bacteria, gets stuck and disposed of before it reaches our lungs. When indoor humidity is low, that mucous becomes too dry to grab germs, making us more vulnerable to colds, sinus infections and flu. Then we get sick and need to take time out of work and lose money and, honestly, who has time for that?
Nosebleeds are another possible symptom, and a messy one at that. Low humidity levels can cause the inside of your nose to become dry, making it itchy and irritated. This is not only uncomfortable, it can also cause nosebleeds.
Dry skin is a common issue, one we deal with a lot during the winter months (unless you live in Florida, in which case have fun with the hair frizz and stop calling your family in New England whenever there’s a snowstorm to tell them you’re at the beach!). Along with chapped lips and itchy skin, dry air can cause flare-ups of skin conditions like eczema and acne.
Have you ever done laundry and gotten an electric shock? That, my friend, is static electricity. (Can I call you friend? I feel like after discussing mucous membranes, we’re closer now.) And it’s caused by—you guessed it—dry air!
When the air in your home is properly humidified, static electricity dissipates naturally. But if the air is too dry, that static electricity begins to build up. You’ll notice blankets and clothes starting to stick together. And, worse, you’ll get electric shocks every time you touch a doorknob.
Then we have everyone’s favorite side effect:
Imagine leaving your house for a nice night out, and you walk by a mirror looking like that. Whoa! As a kid it was fun to rub a balloon on your head to make your hair stand up. As an adult, it’s not a great look.
Creaks, Cracks & Gaps
If all of those personal issues weren’t enough to get you thinking about installing a humidifier, maybe learning how dry air can affect your home will.
Dry air tries to absorb moisture wherever it can. This means that during cold winter weather, dry air can pull moisture from the structure of your home. Hardwood floors and joints will start to creak more. Walls and door jambs can shift, causing doors to not close. You may start to see gaps between ceilings and walls. Gaps can also form in your windows, and your furniture can bend and crack.
Do you play a musical instrument? If so, good luck getting it tuned correctly in a house that lacks moisture. Not going to happen. Dry air can cause musical instruments to lose their shape and their tune.
Have I convinced you yet? With your family and home being at the top of your priority list, we’re glad to help you protect them any and every way you can.
Schedule yourself an appointment for a free quote, and kiss those bloody noses goodbye! Remember to mention that you have a “Trissue” to receive $20 off your service call.