The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

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 the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. The possibility of getting a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 boost your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Damages 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, reduced of humidity could be the problem. 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 things in your house. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, 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 as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. You can contact us at 407-477-6319 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space.