The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great opportunity 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 play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold could increase 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 essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about getting 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 indoor space. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

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

Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 715-318-6728 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.