Dry Eyes? Try a Humidifier Installation

While winter is great to curl up indoors and read by the fire, the dry air can wreak havoc on our eyes, sinuses and skin.  Our HVAC systems, fireplaces and woodstoves can make the problem even worse. It helps to know what to do to keep the relative humidity in your home at optimal levels to prevent dry eyes.

The indoor air quality of your home is important, especially for those in your household with chronic dry eye and upper respiratory problems. The addition of a humidifier can improve the comfort of your home.

Effects of Dry Air in Your Home

Dry eyes can make normal tasks more tedious. Low humidity can also affect your sinuses and dry your mucus membranes lowering your defenses to illness. According to the EPA, the relative humidity of your home should be between 30 and 50 percent. Anything lower can cause excessive dryness of your eyes, skin and sinuses.

Home humidity that exceeds 50 percent can cause a completely new set of problems for you and your home. Knowing the moisture level in your home and the effectiveness of your current heating system’s ability to deal with it can keep your home more comfortable and prevent dry eyes. A hygrometer can help you test the relative humidity in your home and aid you in keeping the moisture in your home at an optimal level.

Effects of Dry Air in Your Home

The eyestrain from daily tasks makes one’s eyes tired, and when you add dry air the problem can intensify. Adding humidity to the air in your home keeps everyone more comfortable and can prevent dry eyes. Adding moisture to the air in your home can be done simply by adding a humidifier to your home’s HVAC system or with the use of a stand-alone unit. You can then regulate the relative humidity of your home, keeping it at optimal levels for you and your family.

Maintain the Humidity of Your Home

Just as humidity levels in your home can be too high in the summer, the cold winter months can have the opposite effect on your home. Humidity levels in your home that are too low can cause the following:

  • Dry eyes, skin and sinuses can be an effect of home humidity that is too low.
  • Increased energy used because air feels colder when humidity in your home is too low.
  • Humidity levels that fall below 15% can dry mucous membranes making you more prone to illness due to lowered bodily defenses.

Try a Humidifier for Your Dry Eyes

At HVAC & Plumbing Unlimited, we are dedicated to the comfort of our customers’ homes. If you find that the humidity it too low in your Virginia home contact us for a consultation. We can let you know the remedies for your problem and help you make your home more comfortable during the dry, windy days of winter.