The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe nearly 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we move through colder weather and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great chance to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Dry air isn’t just uncomfortable, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Odds of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s cold outside. The risk of catching a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity dries out the mucus membranes that line the nasal and sinus cavities. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, think about adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your indoor air doesn’t have an adequate amount of moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your home. This may mean the wood in your home could experience damage and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

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

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a top priority. Call us at 734-363-8907 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you identify the best humidity level for your indoor space.