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How Low Humidity Can Affect Your Household

Many people are aware that high humidity can be a problem, mostly because of how uncomfortable it can make you feel. Low humidity can be an equal problem, and one of the best ways to reduce the effects of low humidity is with the installation of a humidifier in Evanston, IL. The effects of low humidity may not be as readily seen as those of high humidity, so we’ll describe some issues that can develop from low humidity below. If you opt to install a whole-home humidifier, make sure you hire professionals you can count on. Malek Heating & Cooling has been serving Evanston and the surrounding areas since 1988, so call us today!

Negative Effects of Low Humidity

Here are some of the ways low humidity can affect your home:

  • Damage to wood products – even though the wood products are technically dead, the wood still needs a certain amount of moisture to maintain its form and function; too little moisture causes the wood to dry, which can lead to cracking and splintering. This is true for any kind of wood in your home, including flooring, furniture, trim and even walls.
  • Peeling paint and wallpaper – too little moisture can also affect paint and wallpaper on your walls, resulting in peeling, chipping and cracking.
  • Drying of skin and mucous membranes – when the air in your home is too dry, your skin can dry out quickly, becoming itchy and uncomfortable, and your eyes and nose can dry out. Drying out mucous membranes can make you more susceptible to infection and aggravate allergies and asthma.
  • Makes the air feel cold – humidity holds heat; when there isn’t enough moisture in your home’s indoor air, the heat generated by your heating system isn’t held long enough to make you feel comfortable. As a result, you’ll feel cold and will likely push your thermostat up.

Installing a whole-home humidifier in your Evanston, IL, home can help you achieve better comfort, better energy efficiency and better health this winter. If you are struggling with low levels of humidity in your home, call Malek Heating & Cooling today and schedule an appointment with one of our experts.

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