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Don't Turn Off Your Heater! How You Can Blast Your Heater, Yet Retain Your Skin And Respiratory Health

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Central heating is quite possibly the most wonderful invention you can turn to in the chilling winter months. Yet, it gets a bad rap for causing health problems. Here are reasons why you should fully enjoy your central heating services system, and what you can do to mitigate any negative effects.

Your Skin

Central heating is often blamed for dry skin. True, the air that a heater pumps out might be dry, but that is not the only culprit for dry skin. The air of winter is generally much more dry than the air in spring, summer, and fall. This is because humidity levels are lower, and less moisture in the air means less moisture in your skin.

Even though your skin is prone to dryness in winter regardless of whether or not you crank up the heat, the comforting blast of your central eater will exacerbate your symptoms. To counteract the drying effect of both the winter season and your central heating unit, you can try several remedies.

  • Buy a Humidifier. During the winter months, a humidifier can be your skin's lifesaver. A humidifier moistens the air and effectively combats the lack of humidity caused by both the winter months and your central heating system.
  • Vigilantly Use Moisturizer. If you use moisturizer, especially one with oils, your skin will soak it up like a sponge. This will combat the effects of the dry air.
  • Take Shorter Showers. The last thing that anyone wants to hear during the frigid winter months is to give up a nice, warm shower. You can still take hot showers, but put a time limit on them; a hot shower is no friend of dry skin. You can also mitigate the negative effects of a hot shower by adding some form of moisturizer to your cleansing soap.

Your Breathing

The low humidity levels that are caused by both your central heater and the winter air can also cause breathing problems. When humidity levels are low, your respiratory system is affective in many ways, some of which are health-related, and some of which are annoying.

  • Broken Blood Vessels. When humidity is low, your nose and throat blood vessels dry out and crack. This might be the reason why you get sick often and suffer from bloody noses during the winter months. When your blood vessels crack because of a lack of moisture in the air, you leave your respiratory system open for bacteria to enter your bloodstream, and for openings in your nostrils that allow blood to flow freely from your nose.
  • Snoring. If you or your partner snores, someone is quietly harboring anger about being woken up in the middle of the night by the rumble. Regardless of whether that person is you or your partner, you can quite possibly blame the low humidity for the rude intrusion on a peaceful night.