The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is nearly 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we get through winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains 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 simply because it’s colder outside. The risk of getting a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and grow your chance of getting the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in huge volumes, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This could cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

  • An uptick in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Slits 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.

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you be sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are the best possible. Your health and home should be your greatest priority. Call us at 408-215-1018 and talk with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture.