The Problem with Dry Air

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 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 plenty 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 simply because it’s colder outside. Your chance 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 important job of monitoring for bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of getting 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 extremely itchy, lack of humidity may be the issue. Before you rush to the store to start busting out 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 may cause damage to the wood around your home 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 on the moisture levels in your house, like:

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

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

Our team wants to make sure those 23,000 breaths you take each day are as good as possible. Your health and home are our highest priority. You can contact us at 713-364-9957 and chat with one of our indoor air professionals to help you strike the best balance of humidity and comfort in your home. 

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