The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. The risk of getting a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • A boost 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 look into a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Call us at 276-302-0076 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.