Or, have you ever kissed a family member goodnight only to be zapped by a painful shock? Not pleasant, is it?
Heating your home causes dryer air, and that dry air absorbs the moisture from you and everything inside your home. Dry air can cause a host of painful problems that affect your health, comfort and home.
The good news is there's something you can do about it. Aprilaire, the leader in indoor comfort solutions can put you in control of the comfort of your home with a whole-home humidifier.
When your home is heated during the winter months, the relative humidity (RH) can drop to as low as 6%. This is similar to the dryness of a desert! The solution is to add water vapor to the air through humidification.
Your local Aprilaire professional can help you find the right solution for you.
Humidification can help you prevent the damaging effects of dry air:
Dry air can aggravate allergy and asthma symptoms. In addition, it makes you more susceptible to catching a cold or flu virus because it dries out your nasal membranes, making the lining of your nose more susceptible to bleeding and infections. Low levels of humidity have also been linked to the speedier progression and transmission of viruses in the air.*
According to ear, nose and throat specialist Dr. Arthur W. Proetz, demands on the nasal glands are great under normal conditions, and they can't cope with extreme dryness.** Maintaining proper indoor relative humidity is helpful for relieving problems aggravated by dry air.
"Experience has shown that with winter approaching, the first wave of dry-nose patients appears in the office when the RH indoors falls to 25%. It would seem, therefore, that 35% would be regarded as a passing grade but 40% is something to shoot at."
–Dr. Arthur W. Proetz**
* 1. Department of Microbiology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine article, Influenza Virus Transmission Is Dependent on Relative Humidity and Temperature; 2007; New York, NewYork, USA. www.plospathogens.org/articles/info:doi/10.1371/journal.ppat.0030151 2. Oregon State University College of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0806852106
**Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology
Beyond the health problems and damage dry air causes, it makes you uncomfortable. It can cause:
Dry air robs the moisture from your skin, making you feel colder at normal temperatures. So what do you do? Turn up the heat, which causes higher energy bills.
"You can save up to 4% on your heating bill for every degree you lower your thermostat!" -U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dry air also shrinks the framing around doors and windows, resulting in gaps that let in cold air from the outside, making your home less energy efficient.