The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

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 progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. The risk of ending up with a cold may 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 monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, consider getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these things could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Call us at 928-244-8840 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.