The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect chance 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. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The possibility of getting a cold may 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 dry out they open up and grow your chance of getting a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start purchasing lotion in bulk, contemplate getting 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 work to pull moisture from the things in your home. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and produce 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, such as:

  • A boost in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

Any of these issues could mean it’s wise to think about a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Call us at 319-229-2318 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you find the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home.