The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet 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

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. The possibility of getting a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 become dry they open up and increase your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts 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 culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in large quantities, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a top priority. You can contact us at 407-908-8651 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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