The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. Your chance of ending up with a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

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, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, consider getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these issues could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. You can contact us at 478-202-3076 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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