The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of catching a cold could rise 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity might be the problem. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in bulk, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of 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 make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

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

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. You can contact us at 832-224-3887 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.