The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through winter and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time 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 the Odds of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. The risk of getting a cold could 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 important 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

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, the absence of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your home. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, like:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Breaks in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

We want to help 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. You can contact us at 262-358-9468 and talk with one of our indoor air experts to help you identify the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the correct amount of moisture.