The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is 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 start of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, 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. Your chance of getting a cold might increase 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 essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, the absence of humidity could be the culprit. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in huge volumes, think about 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 house. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

  • 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 look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

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

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