The Problem with Dry Air

As adults, the number of breathes we take is approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we progress from the colder months and into the start of spring, it’s a perfect chance 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 normally happen the time of year when colder weather hits. The risk of getting a cold may rise because cold air is less humid than warm air. Less 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 boost your chance of ending up with the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Your skin is your largest organ, take care of it. If you are feeling extra itchy, lack of humidity could be the problem. Before you rush to the store to start busting out lotion in large quantities, consider adding a whole-home humidifier as another solution.

Damages to Your Home

If your air lacks moisture it will try to pull moisture from the items in your house. 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 perpetual cold there are some other ways to check for dry air in your home, like:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s wise to look into a humidifier and boost 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 are our highest priority. Call us at 205-208-8090 and talk with one of our indoor air pros to help you strike the perfect balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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