The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great 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. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold may increase 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 critical job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This could 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 neverending cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and better 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 are our greatest priority. Call us at 724-745-7404 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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