The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon 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

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of ending up with a cold may grow 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

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

Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. You can contact us at 601-736-7362 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.