5 Warning Signs That Your Air’s Too Dry (and How Room Humidifiers Can Help)

I’m sure your well aware that winter is a time of colds, cracked lips and inflamed sinuses. But you may be surprised to learn that room humidifiers can help.

This is because the major culprit is often dry air. The fact is that in winter we tend to seal ourselves up at home with the heating on. This dries out the air. The result is that we spend a lot of time in an arid environment and the results are not pleasant.

If dry air is your problem, you can easily solve it with a room humidifier. But to make sure you need one, let’s look at five warning signs that your air is too dry. The first sign that your air’s too dry is that your skin and hair feels unpleasantly dry and starts to itch. Next, your eyes dry out and itch and your lips begin to crack.

As time passes, you may find your sinuses aching as the membranes dry out. This can lower your body’s defenses so you may become more prone to catching persistent coughs and colds. Another giveaway sign is that your start to snore more as the mucus membranes in your nasal passages and throat dry out.

Finally, spare a thought for you poor house plants. If you see them starting to wilt, it may well be a sign that the humidity level in your home is too low. Bear in mind that the above symptoms can have causes other than just dry air. Most people have sinus problems and colds during the cold weather. But if all the symptoms appear together, it would be a good idea to check out the humidity level in your home.

You can do this with an inexpensive device called a hygrometer. The optimum humidity level is from around 35% to 45%, though 15% on either side is acceptable. If you do find your humidity level too low, you can normalize it with an inexpensive device called a humidifier. These are devices that suffuse the air with moisture and raise the humidity level. Just set it up to run and soon your rooms will have the freshness of an oasis.