The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 dry out they open up and boost 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 very itchy, lack of humidity might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in huge volumes, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

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

Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Call us at 214-509-7640 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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