In addition to flaky skin that itches to high heaven, dry indoor air can negatively affect other aspects of your health and of your home. It eats away at the structural components of your house and over time, it can even damage some of your household items, and that’s why it’s so important to deal with dry air right as you notice it.
Below you will learn other problems that dry air in house can cause and why a small or a central humidifier can benefit your home!
Dried-Out Furniture Leather
Leather is an incredibly durable material but it dries easily when exposed to harsh conditions such as low humidity. You’ll know there’s trouble when leather goods like an armchair, bag or jacket start to crack and/or stiffen.
The best leather maintenance tip to apply a moisture-rich leather cream or conditioning at the beginning of a dry season.
Shifting Window Frames
One of the main symptoms of dry indoor air includes shifty windows. If you start to notice your windows getting smaller or developing cracks and gaps that let cold air in during the night, then you’ve got a problem.
One way to prevent this from happening is to put some plants on your windowsill. Make sure you put sun-loving plants that’ll release moisture vapor to create the required humidity to fight the dry air.
Remember to mist the plants every day or week, depending on their needs.
You may not know this, but over time, wooden furniture can actually bend or break when exposed to low moisture levels. This goes for your chairs, coffee tables, bookshelves and even that giant coffee table that seems indispensable.
The best way to avoid low moisture levels is to use a humidifier during dry months to keep the moisture levels balanced.
Stovetop cooking instead of take-out and baking will also add to the air moisture and help preserve your wooden furniture.
Squeaky floors might be cool to some, but for others, they can be very annoying. The squeaking tends to get worse depending on the season, thanks to dry wood plants that shrink and gap out.
The good news is that you can always remedy the situation by using a humidifier. If your whole house has hardwood floors, then you should use a whole house humidifier instead.
Off-Key Musical Instruments
Dry indoor air can also wreak havoc on wooden instruments. If you’re a musical household, this means your guitars, cellos, violins, and pianos will be affected.
Keep your instruments well-tuned by placing a humidifier in the room. This will help to maintain balanced moisture levels and prevent dry air symptoms.
Static electricity is incredibly harmful to any electronic devices or appliances. It can cause an electrostatic discharge that leads to poor malfunction or complete damage.
Obviously, you wouldn’t want this to happen to your new kitchen appliances, so be sure to place a humidifier on your kitchen island or add some plants to your counters.
Wallpaper is a simple, stylish and functional answer to paint. It’s easy to apply, maintain and swap once you get tired of the color scheme.
Just keep in mind that wallpaper loves moisture so you should always give it plenty of moisture-rich air. Dry indoor air will cause the paper to separate, peel and crack which is not a good look.
Don’t let your book collection go to waste because of brittle paper or wrinkled pages. This often happens due to low humidity which is caused by heater dry air. That’s why you should place books away from vents and heating registers if you want to extend their lifespan.
Keep in mind that books don’t do well in overly moist environments so don’t place any water bowls or humidifier close to your bookshelves.
Dry indoor air can also affect corked wine bottles. Low humidity levels have been shown to damage cork over time, causing air to enter the bottles and negatively affect the flavor of the wine.
To avoid this, get a pan and fill it with water so you can place it in your wine cellar or wherever else you store your wine bottles.
Perhaps the biggest issue that people have with dry indoor air is that it causes illness. Some of the most common illnesses like hay fever, allergies and dry cough, often have dry air in common.
That’s because the dry air removes the much-needed moisture from your mouth and nose, that would ordinarily be used to trap germs. This gives germs free rein to enter your olfactory senses and wreak havoc on your health.
That’s why it’s always advisable to keep a humidifier running at your bedside and drink more fluids to prevent dehydration.
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