The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of catching a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the culprit. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these things could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 972-445-9504 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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