Effects of Low Humidity

Low humidity can be categorized as any humidity level below 35%. When the air is deprived of humidity there are several uncomfortable side effects that occur – both unhealthy for yourself as well as your home. Listed below are the most common effects of low humidity, if you have experienced any of the following or suffer from severe cases of these ailments, purchasing a humidifier (portable or whole home) will be in your best interest!

Physical Effects:

  • Dry, itchy, irritated skin
  • Dry, burning eyes
  • Sore throat
  • Sinus infections
  • Electricity builds up at a much higher pace in low humidity causing you to get shocked very easily
  • Causes air passages to dry out and crack causing soreness and nose bleeds
  • Germs and bacteria thrive in low humidity therefore increasing your chances of catching an airborne illness such as the cold or flu

Effects On Your Home:

  • Causes wooden floors, furniture or instruments to crack, shrink and warp
    • Cracks may develop in varnish finishes
    • Wooden floor planks can shrink placing gaps in your floor boards
    • Wooden furniture can shrink, crack or warp, causing seams to separate

Office Equipment:

  • Extensive amount of paper jams in office copiers and printers
  • The induced level of static electricity can cause low voltage electronics to experience equipment failure

For those that are experiencing any of the listed symptoms, it is recommended that you purchase a portable or whole house humidifier to help you increase the level of moisture. The ideal level of moisture you want to have in your home at any given point is between 35% – 45%. If you go much higher you will have issues with mold, mildew and condensation.