The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains 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 usually happen colder out. Your chance of getting a cold might rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

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, 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 home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make 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:

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

Any of these problems 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 top priority. Reach out to our team at 630-570-0252 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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