The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a great time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. Your chance of ending up with a cold may rise 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 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

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 may be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, 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 think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 318-855-2326 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.