The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe around 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 start of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance 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 essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about investing in 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 work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these things could mean it’s wise to consider 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 every day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 630-833-1100 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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