The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

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 get through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity 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. 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 the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. Your chance of ending up with a cold may increase 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 important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase 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 extra itchy, the absence of humidity might be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, consider getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will work to pull moisture from the things in your house. 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 increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help 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 318-671-5355 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal humidity level for your indoor space. 

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