The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty 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 play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold might increase 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 important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity could be the problem. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, including:

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

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to consider a humidifier and improve 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 the best possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. You can contact us at 601-272-8497 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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