The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from winter and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s cold outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold might grow 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity may be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in large quantities, think about investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your home. This might 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 a neverending cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home are our greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 334-245-4748 and chat with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home.