The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 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 start of spring, it’s a perfect chance to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The possibility of getting a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and increase your chance of getting an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, reduced of humidity might be the culprit. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This might result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, including:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to think about a humidifier and better 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 are our greatest priority. Call us at 256-574-1300 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space.