The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through winter and into the beginning 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 holds 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 simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may 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 a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things 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

Apart 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 smart to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Call 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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