The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of ending up with a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in huge volumes, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these things could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. You can contact us at 866-326-9537 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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