The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. Your chance of ending up with a cold could increase 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 filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could 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 for dry air in your home, like:

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

Any of these things 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 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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