The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we move through winter and into the start of spring, it’s an ideal time to look in to 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 play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance of catching a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity could be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in bulk, think about adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and produce 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:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in your flooring
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

We want to help be sure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are as good as they can be. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 817-864-1021 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. If it’s more convenient for you, we’ve made it easy to set up an appointment with us online too.

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