The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s a great chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The risk of getting a cold might increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the critical 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, reduced of humidity may be the problem. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

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

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

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 815-410-1231 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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