The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 862-345-6896 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.

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