The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of ending up with a cold may 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, 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 objects in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • 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 improve 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 are our highest priority. Reach out to our team at 715-301-0727 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home.