The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing 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

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in huge volumes, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

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

Any of these things 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 every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Call us at 561-533-6066 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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