The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is 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 look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains 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 Odds of Getting Sick

Ending up with a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The risk of catching a cold may 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 monitoring for 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

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling very itchy, the absence of humidity could be the issue. Before you start busting out lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in 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

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

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

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

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

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