The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes around 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 look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

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

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems could mean it’s wise to look into a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 561-533-6066 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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