The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

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

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 325-200-4667 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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