The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The possibility of catching a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling very itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your house. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

Any of these things could mean it’s smart to look into a humidifier and better your indoor air quality.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a top priority. Reach out to our team at 952-373-0377 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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