The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet 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

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The possibility of ending up with a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. 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 catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

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, the absence of humidity might be the culprit. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, think about getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the things in your home. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • A boost 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 time to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. You can contact us at 702-866-9322 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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