The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot 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 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 dry out they open up and boost your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects 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 problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about getting a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged 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 uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks 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.

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 318-215-7938 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you strike the perfect humidity level for your indoor space. 

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