The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we progress from winter and into the beginning of spring, it’s a great time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are a number of chances for colder days yet and the cooler air contains less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can play a role in your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold could rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the essential job of removing bacteria and debris and when they dry out they open up and boost your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

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 very itchy, reduced of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, consider adding a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will attempt to pull moisture from the things in your house. This might cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Aside from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

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

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

We want to help ensure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home are our top priority. You can contact us at 205-758-2703 and speak with one of our indoor air professionals to help you find the ideal balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 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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