The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, 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 typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of getting a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 extra itchy, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in large quantities, consider investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks 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 every day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. You can contact us at 319-208-3295 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home.