The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

The average person breathes approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a great opportunity to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of ending up with a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 dry out they open up and boost your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your indoor space. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are some other ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Call us at 256-270-1196 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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