The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity may be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in large quantities, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks 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.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. You can contact us at 325-200-4667 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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