The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather 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 Odds of Getting Sick

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

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 busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

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 produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. Reach out to our team at 661-437-3499 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. We’ve made it even easier to achieve home comfort with our online scheduler, so getting that appointment scheduled is right at your fingertips.

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