The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate 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 play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold might rise 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in large quantities, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 862-345-6896 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.