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 the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a great opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen colder out. Your chance of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower 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 become dry they open up and increase your chance of catching 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 extremely itchy, reduced 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 attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This could mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

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

Our team wants to 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. Call 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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