The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. Your chance of catching a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the culprit. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 815-768-6656 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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