The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains 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

Getting a cold doesn’t usually 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 dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of getting 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, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you head out to begin buying lotion in huge volumes, contemplate getting 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 may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • 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.

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Reach out to our team at 301-363-4699 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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