dry air 

The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold may grow 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 essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages 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 start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home 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 check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 828-775-5176 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.