The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. 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 catching 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, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in huge volumes, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 561-533-6066 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.