When you hear the word “humidity”, you probably assume that it is a bad thing. Yes, life can be miserable when humidity levels are too high. But, something many people don’t know is that low humidity can also be unpleasant – something that happens frequently during the winter months.
Here are a few signs that the humidity levels in your home are too low:
Dryness and discomfort. When there is little-to-no moisture in the air, your body will suffer the consequences. Severe dryness of the skin, nose, eyes, and throat is a very clear indicator of low humidity. These symptoms are usually the worst immediately after waking up. Some people may even experience waking up with cracked lips or nose bleeds if the conditions are bad enough.
Worsened symptoms. If you suffer from asthma, allergies, or illness, you may experienced worsened symptoms when the humidity is low. This is caused by dried out nasal passages and respiratory tracts.
Damage to wood surfaces. Our bodies aren’t the only things that dry out in low humidity – our homes do too. Low humidity is particularly damaging to wood, and can cause warping, splitting, and cracking in your home’s flooring, furniture, and support beams.
Static electricity. Is your doorknob giving you a zap every time you touch it? Increased prevalence of static electricity is a sign of low humidity.
Are you experiencing any of these signs in your Fairfax County, Virginia home? If so, contact the experts at Air Treatment Company. We offer whole-home humidifier systems that can keep your house cozy all winter long. If you live in Vienna, Reston, Mclean, or the surrounding area, give us a call at (703) 938-0550.