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 the colder months and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. The risk of catching a cold could grow 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, consider getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s wise to look into a humidifier and boost your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as they can be. Your health and home is a greatest priority. You can contact us at 319-229-2318 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture. 

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