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 winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to reevaluate your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty 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 play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t normally happen colder out. Your chance of getting a cold could grow because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity can wreak havoc on your sinus and naval cavities by causing it to become dry. Those membranes are doing the essential job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they get drier they open up and boost your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Affects Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extra itchy, the absence of humidity could be the issue. Before you start buying lotion in large quantities, contemplate getting a whole-home humidifier as a more long-term alternative.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will work to pull moisture from the objects in your indoor space. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a neverending cold there are some other ways to check on the moisture levels in your house, such as:

  • An increase in static electricity
  • Cracks in the floors
  • Gaps in trim and molding
  • Wallpaper that is coming down

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

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home should be your highest priority. Reach out to our team at 847-306-8990 and chat with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the best solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture. 

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