Cold & Dry Air Quality Problems
Respiratory Problems: In addition to annoying static electricity, too little humidity can result in itchy skin, chapped lips, plus dried-out throats, noses, and nasal passages. These conditions are not only uncomfortable, but can also make you more vulnerable to colds and respiratory illness.
Damage to Property: Overly dry air can cause damage to things like delicate musical instruments, hardwood floors and molding.
Poor Heating Efficiency and High Energy Bills: Your heater is on full blast, but it always seems chilly in your home.
Indoor Air Quality Solutions
Monitor Indoor Conditions with Humidity and Temperature Sensors: Strategically place sensors in key rooms, as well traditional problem areas like basements and attics. As an added option you can check the air coming out of vents, check for leaks and drafts, as well as compare indoor conditions to outdoor temperature and humidity. If relative humidity falls below the EPA's recommended range of 30-60%, take action by making home repairs (such as weather stripping), and utilizing a humidifier as needed. In addition, try to maintain an indoor temperature around 68° Fahrenheit.
Note: if you've taken action and symptoms of low humidity persist, professional care may be necessary. This could include seeing a doctor, having carpets professionally cleaned, having your home's heating system serviced, etc.