The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal time 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. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s colder outside. The risk of getting a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, the absence of humidity could be the problem. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, think about getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

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

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home are our top priority. Reach out to our team at 850-250-0335 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best humidity level for your indoor space.