The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold could increase 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 get drier they open up and grow your chance of getting the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity may be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these problems could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a highest priority. You can contact us at 724-370-0141 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.