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 progress from 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 chances for colder days yet and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t normally happen simply because it’s chilly outside. Your chance of getting a cold might 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 removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and grow your chance of ending up with an illness, such as the cold or flu.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Taking care of your skin is important, especially since it’s your largest organ. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the items in your house. This might mean the wood in your home could experience damage and produce cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a few ways to assess how much moisture is in your home, such as:

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

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are as good as they can be. Your health and home should be your top priority. Call us at 706-250-7539 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the perfect solutions for achieving home comfort and the appropriate amount of moisture. 

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