How dry air creates breathing problems for you
Did you even notice how you begin feeling kind of sick without actually being sick when colder days come and you turn on the heating? We’ll say right away that you’re not just making yourself believe that you’re unwell. Dry air might be the reason for you experiencing issues with your health.
How is dry air caused?
Heaters keep our houses warm, but there is a side effect — they also dry out the air. The ideal level of humidity should be around 45% for us to feel comfortable and healthy. Heaters can drop this percentage down to 25-30%.
Dry air is not something we can experience only because of heaters. People who live in locations with dry climate have to deal with low levels of humidity all the time. Therefore, they might experience breathing problems caused by it regardless of the season. And even if they drink lots of water, they still might suffer from the consequences of the dry climate.Which breathing issues can dry air cause?
Low humidity worsens existing problems with the respiratory system you might already have. But even completely healthy individuals often experience inconveniences and illnesses caused by dry air.
Nosebleeds and a stuffed nose
Low humidity makes our mucous membranes dry out. Since they cover the insides of our noses and respiratory systems, we begin experiencing such symptoms as nosebleeds and congested sinuses. Overly dry membranes crack resulting in bleeding, and those cracks heal very slowly because they lack humidity.
Also, dry air reduces the normal flow of mucous — the gooey liquid our bodies produce to cover the membranes — resulting in stuffed noses. We simply can’t get all the mucous out, and it accumulates in our sinuses making it impossible for us to breathe normally. And while we might think that we got cold, it’s only dry air that stands behind the stuffed nose. Try turning on a humidifier and you’ll see that your sinuses magically got clean from the mucous.
Additionally, the eyes get dry when the level of humidity is low. Thus, you might experience tiredness much faster than you usually would, especially if you work at the computer.
Sore throat and hoarse voice
It’s all about mucous again. The lack of it can cause a sore throat and raucous voice as the membranes and vocal cords dry out. But also, these symptoms might be caused by the sinuses stuffed with mucous. Because of the dry air, it gets thick, and as it goes down the throat, we may experience issues with the voice and soreness. These problems also might appear to us as symptoms of a cold while actually, we need to increase the level of humidity in the house.
Our body is up to 60% water. Dry air causes this percentage to drop, especially if we don’t drink enough water. Dehydration makes us feel tired and unwell — as if some inner battery is drained. So if you’re feeling sleepy all the time, the gloomy weather might not be the only reason.
Mucous protects membranes from cracking also keeping them safe from viruses — it’s easier for an infection to get into our body if there are small wounds in the nose. Additionally, mucus serves as a substance that gets viruses trapped preventing them from getting further in the body. Then, when we clean our sinuses from the accumulated mucous by just sneezing or blowing the nose, we get rid of the infection, too.
But when the level of humidity is low, there is either not enough mucous, or this substance is so thick that we can’t get it out. In the first case, there is no protection for membranes, and viruses can freely get into the body. And in the second case, mucous becomes a nice environment for them to live and multiply — and eventually, they will infect us. That’s why during cold seasons we get sick more often.
Illnesses caused by the prolonged effect of dry air
If we are exposed to low levels of humidity for a very long time, we might get such diseases as asthma, sinusitis, and other illnesses of the respiratory system. So if you live in a dry climate, you should invest in a humidifier and use it all the time to keep your household and the healthy level of humidity.
How to understand that the air in your house is too dry?
If you experience the symptoms described above, it’s likely that the level of humidity is low. Especially, if you live in a dry climate, or it’s winter, and you currently have the heating on. Also, you can pay attention to the plants — they will look not as plump and green as they would’ve if the air was moisturized enough.
But these methods can’t give you reliable results. The best solution is to measure the level of humidity with a hydrometer. Although, modern humidifiers already have this tool built into them. HuPro humidifiers will automatically and continuously measure the level of moisture in the air. And if you turn on the auto mode, the appliance will keep the humidity at the set level.
Additionally, HuPro humidifiers offer several speeds at which the fog is dispensed. Thus, you can increase the level of moisture in your house faster. Moreover, our devices offer other features such as air ionization and essential oil diffusion to create a cleaner and more pleasant environment for you.
Warnings you should consider
Humidifiers are very helpful when the air is too dry. But you should follow a couple of simple rules to not worsen things:
Use distilled water — even though HuPro has filters, it’s still better not to use tap water to avoid any issues. Also, by using distilled water you will make a humidifier serve you a longer life.
Clean a humidifier — moist environment within the appliance can make bacteria strive.
Don’t overdo — a high level of humidity are just as harmful as a dry one. 45% of moisture in the air is perfect.