The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty 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 effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of catching 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

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

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. Reach out to our team at 972-938-0033 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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