How Low Humidity Can Affect Your Health

Humidity levels rise and fall to different levels throughout the year. Throughout the winter and early spring, humidity levels are generally low, especially inside of the house when the heat is turned all the way up. Unfortunately, having low humidity levels within your home can bring about some negative side effects.

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Being in an environment with low humidity will not only dry up the tears in your eyes, but also what’s in your reserves. Dry air can actually evaporate the tears that are sitting in your tear ducts. This will lead to dry, itchy, and irritated eyes that can make the simplest act of blinking tough to do.

When you’re forced to turn the heat up on those cold winter days, the moisture in the air will dry up along with the oils on your skin. This will lead to dry, cracked skin that will leave you with a constant feeling of itchiness. This constant feeling of always being itchy is know as the “winter itch.”

As the air gets drier, it will try pull moisture from the nearest available source. While you might notice your skin and eyes becoming increasingly dry, prolonged exposure can lead to dehydration. Dehydrated skin can become extremely sensitive which can trick you into thinking you’re colder than you really are. Thus causing you raise the heat even higher, leading to a continuation of this vicious cycle.

Living in a home with a low humidity level might prevent mold growth, but it can start to affect your body in a negative way. When your home’s humidity levels are too low, consider having your HVAC system serviced or replaced by the pros at Airtech of Stamford. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (203) 323-3959.

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