The Problem with Dry Air

April 19, 2016

Adults breathe around 23,000 times a day. Are you aware of the air you are breathing in? As we get through colder weather and into the days of spring, it’s a perfect time to look in to your home’s indoor air quality. There are plenty of cool days on the horizon and the cooler air holds less moisture. While drier air may decrease your comfort levels, it can impact your health and your home.

Low Humidity Increases Your Chances of Getting Sick

Catching a cold doesn’t usually happen simply because it’s chilly outside. The possibility of ending up with a cold may increase because cold air is less humid than warm air. Lower humidity causes the mucus membranes in your sinus and nasal cavities to dry out. Those membranes are doing the important job of filtering out bacteria and debris and when they become dry they open up and boost your chance of catching a cold, the flu or another infection.

Dry Air Affects 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, the absence of humidity might be the culprit. Before you start busting out lotion in large quantities, 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 work to pull moisture from the objects in your home. This may cause damage to the wood around your home and make cracks in the walls and floors.

Checking for Dry Air

Apart from itchy skin and a perpetual cold there are a few 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 smart to consider a humidifier and improve your indoor air quality.

We want to help make sure those 23,000 breaths you take all day long are the best possible. Your health and home is a highest priority. Call us at 614-344-6949 and speak with one of our indoor air pros to help you find the ideal solutions for achieving home comfort and the right amount of moisture.