The Problem with Dry Air

Air Quality

Adults breathe approximately 23,000 times a day. What is the quality of the air you’re breathing? As we get through the colder months and into the days of spring, it’s an ideal opportunity to look at your home’s indoor air quality. There are a lot of opportunities for cold weather and the cooler air means less moisture. Along with the impact dry air has on your home comfort, it can effect your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases the Likelihood of Getting Sick

Getting a cold doesn’t typically happen colder out. The risk of ending up with a cold may 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 critical job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching the flu or a cold.

Dry Air Damages Your Skin

Our skin is our largest organ, so it makes sense that we should pay close attention to it. If you are feeling extremely itchy, lack of humidity might be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start buying lotion in bulk, contemplate investing in a whole-home humidifier instead.

Damages to Your Home

When the air in the home doesn’t have enough moisture it will try to pull moisture from the objects in your house. This could result in the wood in your home becoming damaged and create cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Other than itchy skin and an everlasting cold there are a handful of ways to check for dry air in your home, such as:

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

Any of these problems could mean it’s wise to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

Our team wants to ensure those 23,000 breaths you take every day are the best possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. Call us at 713-688-8784 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best humidity level for your indoor space. 

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