The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost 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 extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, 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 things in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Reach out to our team at 937-845-1111 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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