The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. The risk of ending up with a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching 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 very itchy, the absence of humidity may be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in large quantities, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 469-213-8367 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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