The Problem with Dry Air

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we progress from winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect time to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air contains less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The risk of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they get drier 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 extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the culprit. Before you start purchasing lotion in huge volumes, think about getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a greatest priority. Call us at 928-432-6018 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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