Colorado's high altitude air can make keeping home humidity levels healthy a challenging. As the temperature outside begins to drop, the air inside our homes will become drier. When the heat is turned on the humidity level can drop to desert-like levels, leading to a host of potential problems.
Health Problems From Low Humidity
Dry skin, itchy eyes and respiratory irritation are some of the most common conditions caused by low humidity in the home. With dry mucous membranes your body becomes more susceptible to infections and you're more likely to catch a cold or the flu. Dry, flaky skin can aggravate existing skin problems and make for uncomfortable winter days and nights.
Damage From Low Humidity
Wood furniture, floors and other wood products are most susceptible to low humidity levels. If humidity levels fluctuate widely wood can swell and shrink as moisture is absorbed and lost. Musical instruments, paintings and electronic equipment can also be harmed be overly dry conditions.
Use a Whole-Home Humidifier to Increase Humidity
The solution to low humidity levels in the home is a whole-home humidifier. By working in conjunction with your home's HVAC system a humidifier will provide consistent, healthy humidity levels throughout your home. A humidity level of 40-60 percent during the winter months is best for most homes.
Have questions about maintaining healthy humidity levels in your home? Call Grand Lake Plumbing and Heating, we can help you maintain comfortable, healthy air all winter long.