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 move through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet 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 Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. Your chance of catching a cold might rise 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 important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts 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 start busting out lotion in huge volumes, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting 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 things could mean it’s time to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your 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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