The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts 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 might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work 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

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 251-471-2674 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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