The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great 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. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s colder outside. The possibility of getting a cold could rise 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 critical 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, lack of humidity might be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough 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

Apart from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are a few ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, including:

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

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 talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to schedule an appointment with us online too.

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