The air inside your home is drier than you think. When the heating season arrives, it can be accompanied by a variety of indoor problems caused specifically by low relative humidity (RH) in your home. The resulting dry air absorbs moisture from you and everything inside your home. Dry noses, scratchy throats, itchy skin, and static shock are all familiar ailments caused by dry air. This dry air causes more than discomfort; it can threaten your health and damages your home.

According to medical experts, many viruses thrive in low humidity and can increase the likelihood of getting colds, flu, and upper respiratory ailments. The American Society of Otolaryngology reports that an overly dry environment will cause people to be more susceptible to infections.

Dry air doesn't stop there. When excessive dryness occurs, you will notice damage to your home - wall and ceilings cracks, wood floors and trim separate. Dry air shrinks the framing resulting in gaps around doors and windows allowing cold air in from the outside, making your home less energy efficient. Electronic equipment can fall victim to static electric charges, causing expensive repairs or replacement.

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