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What Does Low Humidity Do to Your Home?

Controlling the humidity levels within your home to improve indoor air quality not only ensures your comfort, but it also protects your health and the investment you’ve made with your home furnishings and electronics.

We’ve discussed the problems that can arise when the home is too humid, but what kind of problems will you face if the humidity is too low?

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Keep the Desert Out of Your Living Room

The happy place for human comfort is a humidity level of between 30 and 50%. When you’re living in a naturally dry environment your HVAC units will have to work double time to keep the temperature levels where you want them. Why? Because higher humidity climates regulate, or hold, the indoor temperature better than low humidity. For example, in low humidity, you will feel more chilled than someone in higher humidity at the same thermostat setting. This is because your body moisture will evaporate more quickly in a dry climate.

Other signs of low humidity

  • higher instances of static electricity
  • dry skin and patches
  • dry lips and hair
  • throat and nasal irritation
  • higher susceptibility to respiratory illnesses (the same is true for high humidity)

Your home will show these signs in low humidity environments

  • floor separation and warping in hardwood
  • piano often goes out of tune
  • wallpaper will peel
  • molding gaps and loose drawers
  • fabric shrinkage

Talk to the Experts

If you suspect that your indoor air quality is being affected by low humidity, talk to an HRC expert to discuss your humidifier options.

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