The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from colder weather and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number 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 effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s cold outside. Your chance of getting a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out 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

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity might be the culprit. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these problems could mean it’s time to consider a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. Reach out to our team at 727-369-6195 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space.