The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. Have you stopped to think about the quality of air in your home? As we move through the colder months 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 the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of catching a cold could increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. The lack of 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 dry out they open up and grow your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

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 issue. Before you start buying lotion in huge volumes, consider adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of 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
  • Slits in trim and molding
  • Peeling wallpaper

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

Our team wants to 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 humidity level for your indoor space. 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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