The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means 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 Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of catching a cold could rise 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 important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This may result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to think about 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 each day are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 478-202-3170 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space.