The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds 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 Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of catching a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

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

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

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

Any of these things could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure 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 704-233-7363 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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