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 progress from winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains 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

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

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you start 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 may 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 some other ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help 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 704-233-7363 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you identify the perfect humidity level for your indoor space.