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 progress from 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 lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 828-775-5176 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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