The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 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 start of spring, it’s a great time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. 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 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 extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is 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 issues could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 940-202-1184 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.