The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity may be the problem. Before you head out to begin purchasing lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and produce 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:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these issues could mean it’s smart to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 318-747-4965 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to set up an appointment with us online too.

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