The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold might grow 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 important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry 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 very itchy, the absence of humidity might be the culprit. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in bulk, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these things could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and boost 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 every day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your top priority. You can contact us at 641-316-9803 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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