The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your house. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to consider 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 they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. You can contact us at 662-269-8716 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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