The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather 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 the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity could be the issue. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. 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 neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 319-208-3295 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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