The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s a great chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 dry out they open up and increase your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects 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, the absence of humidity could be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Call us at 478-202-3076 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space.