The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes 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 time to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather 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 Odds of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. Your chance of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential 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

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in huge volumes, contemplate 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 objects in your indoor space. This could 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 uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 301-363-4699 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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