The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances 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 essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages 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, the absence of humidity could be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, like:

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

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your top priority. Call us at 631-246-4029 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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