The Problem with Dry Air

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t usually 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 critical job of removing bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and increase your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Impacts Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, the absence of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in 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 try to pull moisture from the items in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help ensure 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 262-358-9468 and speak with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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