The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through the colder months 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 cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains 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 Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The risk 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 important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in huge volumes, think about getting 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 work to pull moisture from the things in your house. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. You can contact us at 520-201-3871 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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