The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in bulk, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work 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 for dry air in your home, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Call us at 318-671-5355 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to set up an appointment with us online too.

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