Does Your Home Suffer from Low Humidity?

Posted on January 27th, 2017 by Devine Bros

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You know that high humidity can make life miserable, but what you may not know is that low humidity isn’t pleasant, either. In fact, low humidity is a common problem in Connecticut during the winter months. The cold weather sucks the moisture right out of the air, and our home heating systems only make it worse.

Here are four things you should be paying attention to this winter, as they could indicate chronically low humidity levels in the home:

  • Your skin: dry air leads to dry skin. If you suffer from dry, itchy, scaly skin and don’t have a diagnosable condition (such as eczema), dry air is likely to blame.
  • Your eyes, nose, and mouth: just like your skin, your eyes, nose, and mouth can dry out in low humidity. These symptoms are often at their worst immediately after waking up. In extreme cases, you may wake up with cracked lips or a nosebleed.
  • Wooden surfaces: Your body isn’t the only thing that dries out in low humidity; the wood surfaces in your home can suffer too. Be on the lookout for warped, cracked, or split wood on your furniture and flooring.
  • Static electricity: Does it seem like you are getting zapped every time you touch a doorknob? It’s not your imagination, or a coincidence. Low humidity creates a charge imbalance, leading to an increased presence of static electricity.

Residents of Fairfield County, Connecticut can count on Devine Bros. to stay comfortable this winter. We offer a full complement of home heating services, including fuel delivery, furnace repairs, tune-ups, replacements, and installations. If you live in Norwalk, Westport, or New Canaan, give us a call at (203) 866-4421.

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