The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is 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 a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds 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. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. 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 catching 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, reduced of humidity may be the culprit. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may 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 a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

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

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

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 614-451-0846 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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