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The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great chance to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, 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 chilly outside. Your chance of catching a cold may grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Impacts 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 issue. Before you head out to begin busting out lotion in bulk, consider adding 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 attempt to pull moisture from the things in your indoor space. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

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

You’ve come to the right place for help, our experts will help you make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your highest priority. You can contact us at 732-806-5536 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home.