The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather 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

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of ending up with a cold might grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects 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 may be the problem. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in large quantities, consider getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make 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 uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 614-451-0846 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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