The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold might grow 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 critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and increase your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 extremely itchy, reduced of humidity might be the issue. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, consider getting 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 house. This might 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 perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to look into a humidifier and better 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 should be your top priority. Call us at 561-270-6228 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home.